February 7, 2013 3:16 pm
Wisdom, says the CBC, is thought to be the oldest wild bird in the world. Aside from continuing to pump out babies even into her sixties, as a migratory bird, she still regularly makes the long journey to foraging grounds off Japan and Alaska. Laysan albatrosses, says the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, mate for life; Wisdom “probably had to find a new, younger mate maybe twice down the line,” according to The Washington Post.
”It blows us away that this is a 62-year-old bird and she keeps laying eggs and raising chicks,” said Bruce Peterjohn, chief of the Bird Banding Laboratory at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel.
“We know that birds will eventually stop reproducing, when they’re too old to breed anymore,” he said. “The assumption about albatross is it will happen to them, too. But we don’t know where that line is. That in and of itself is pretty amazing.”
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