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Thread subject: Condor Hatching
Name Date Message
vickinish 03/09/12 12:16 pm Nice cam at San Diego Zoo and the condor chick has begun pipping the egg.

http://www.sandiegozooglobal.org/video/condor_cam
Trishrg 03/09/12 01:13 pm Awesome@Vicki
What a great view of the bird too!
vickinish 03/10/12 05:34 pm Condor chick hatched. The parents are both there and they compete to sit on the chick. I guess that intense interest is what makes good parenting.

This pair have been together for 20 years and hatched 21 chicks. Quite amazing.
Anne-UK1 03/11/12 05:14 am Vicki - I looked in yesterday. The male was brooding the chick, the female kept nibbling at his feathers which seemed to irritate him. I looked away for a few minutes and when I came back the female was doing the brooding. I guess she annoyed him enough that he got up and let her take over!
vickinish 03/11/12 12:59 pm I have yet to get a clear sight of the chick. But the blog answered the question "would staff intervene if there was a problem with the chick" and the answer was "yes". These chicks are so valuable that all that can be done will be done to help one survive.

I was thrilled to see one of these birds in the wild at the Grand Canyon. As I watched a large bird I realized that it had the numbered tag on its wing. What an exciting thing to see!
Anne-UK1 03/11/12 02:49 pm That must have been a fantastic sight to see!

I hadn't realised numbers were so low. At a rate of one chick per pair per year it's going to take a long time, but from the little I've read on that website they're working as hard as they can to increase numbers. Slow but sure has to be good news.
vickinish 03/12/12 01:44 am Unfortunately they have to periodically recapture the ones they have released in the wild and treat them for lead poisoning. Not all are able to be saved.

They are in a similar position as the Whoopers. Very hard to believe they will really be saved.

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