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Wisdom the Laysan Albatross was first tagged by the USGS in 1956, and is the first bird known to rear young at such an advanced age.
A 62-year old Laysan Alabatross named "Wisdom" has successfully given birth to a chick, yet another remarkable achievement in this long-lived bird's well documented life.
Wisdom, the oldest living wild bird known to science, blew scientists away when they discovered that the bird — who would be pushing retirement age if she were human — had managed to successfully hatch a new chick, says the Washington Post.
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This isn't Wisdom's first turn in the international news cycle. The bird made headlines in 2011 when she somehow managed to weather the 2011 tsunami that washed over the Midway Atoll, the remote island where she customarily nests, wrote Discovery News.
How do we know Wisdom is so old? She was first tagged by the US Geological Survey back in 1956, according to the agency, and was rediscovered by scientists in 2001.
She last successfully reared a chick in 2011, at the age of 60, and likely has traveled between 2 to 3 million miles since she was first tagged in 1956.
“To know that she can still successfully raise young at age 60-plus, that is beyond words," said Bruce Peterjohn of Wisdom in 2011 in a USGS statement.
"While the process of banding a bird has not changed greatly during the past century, the information provided by birds marked with a simple numbered metal band has transformed our knowledge of birds.”
Point of clarification. Birds don't actually "give birth", they lay eggs.