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World's Oldest Known Bird Living In Wild Hatches Her 50th-Or-So Chick
Wisdom, the oldest known bird living in the wild, recently welcomed her latest chick into the world.

The offspring, named Kūkini after the Hawaiian word for 'messenger, is likely around the 50th for the roughly 65-year-old Laysan albatross.

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In the final days of incubation, Wisdom left the nesting ground at Hawaii's Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and went out in search of food.

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An egg belonging to the world's oldest bird just hatched
Laysan Albatross (Diomedea Immutabilis) In The Kaena Point Wildlife Preserve On The North Shore Of Oahu, Hawaii. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
Hawaii, Oahu, Laysan Albatross Adults At Kaena Point Wildlife Preserve. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
A Laysan Albatros rides in its carrying case in the back of a Los Angele City Lifeguard boat before its release back to the wild on JANUARY 31, 2012 after it apparently stowed away on a cargo ship and was found riding in the back of a pickup truck in San Pedro. It's a long way from home for the giant seabird with a nearly 7Âfoot wingspan, which normally nests on the windswept islands and atolls thousands of miles away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Adult Laysan Albatross Colony, Diomedea immutabilis, Resting on Ground on the Midway Atoll. Here is the worlds largest breeding colony of Laysan and the second-largest of the black-footed albatrosses. Albatross parents fly far to find food for the chicks out to sea. In July the young fledge and practice diligently taking off and landing being very careful not to end up with a flight test in the water. If they fail to start immediately in such a case, its plumage fills up with moisture and the risk of drowning or being eaten is great. With its narrow and extremely long wings they sail for hours without a resting over the ocean. (Photo By: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
Young Laysan Albatross, Diomedea immutabilis, Resting on Ground on the Midway Atoll. Here is the worlds largest breeding colony of Laysan and the second-largest of the black-footed albatrosses. Albatross parents fly far to find food for the chicks out to sea. In July the young fledge and practice diligently taking off and landing being very careful not to end up with a flight test in the water. If they fail to start immediately in such a case, its plumage fills up with moisture and the risk of drowning or being eaten is great. With its narrow and extremely long wings they sail for hours without a resting over the ocean. (Photo By: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
Young Laysan albatross, Diomedea immutabilis, Worldwide there are 14 species of albatrosses of which only three occur on the Midway Atoll. Here is the worlds largest breeding colony, Albatross parents fly far out to sea to find food for the chicks. In July the young are fledged and practicing diligently taking off and landing. They must be very careful not to land on a flight test in the water. If they fail to start immediately in such a case, their feathers will soak with water and the risk of drowning or being eaten by sharks is great. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
SP.midway.#4.1204.LA/G A nesting pair of Laysan Albatross popularly know as 'Gooney Birds', on Midway Atoll. Sports server (Photo by Larry Armstrong/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Adult Laysan Albatross, Diomedea immutabilis, feeding Chick on Ground on the Midway Atoll. Here is the worlds largest breeding colony of Laysan and the second-largest of the black-footed albatrosses. Albatross parents fly far to find food for the chicks out to sea. In July the young fledge and practice diligently taking off and landing being very careful not to end up with a flight test in the water. If they fail to start immediately in such a case, its plumage fills up with moisture and the risk of drowning or being eaten is great. With its narrow and extremely long wings they sail for hours without a resting over the ocean. (Photo By: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
Laysan Albatross('Gooney Birds') mingle with the military remnants of WWII, in this case a rusting gun, on the Eastern Island of the Midway Atol. (Photo by Larry Armstrong/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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The chick's father handled the incubation responsibilities while she was away, and Wisdom returned late Sunday.

Said Robert Peyton, manager of the refuge, "Wisdom is an iconic symbol of inspiration and hope... she is breaking longevity records of previously bandedbirds by at least a decade."

Over the years a great deal of effort has been put into conserving the Midway Atoll, which is the largest albatross nesting ground in the world.

EGG OF WORLD'S OLDEST WILD BIRD HATCHES: The egg of Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and the world's oldest-known wild bird,...

Posted by FB Newswire on Monday, February 15, 2016

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