BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Tortoises are known to be, by far, the longeval land creatures ever known to man. But it would seem that they are not the only critters out there who can live for such an extended period of time. The oldest albatross became a mother for the 40th time, thus becoming the oldest known bird on Earth.
And old English adage mentions something about wisdom coming with age. And it’s no wonder that the female albatross that managed to hit the big 65 was named Wisdom. On another note, it would seem highly plausible that Wisdom, the albatross, could be much older than we think.
The female albatross was first spotted in 1956. It was in the same year she received her first tag and according to the team in charge of the operation, Wisdom wasn’t in her prime back in the summer of ’56.
According to their estimates, it would seem that bird is around 65 years old, and even though she now is an old timer, she’s fully capable of feeding herself, her mate and, surprisingly, her new offspring.
Yes, you heard it right! The old timer has recently given birth to yet another chick, whom the specialists named Kukini (the Hawaiian word for “messenger”). Everybody is delighted in hearing stories about Wisdom and her mate called Gooo (yet another word jumble, derived from the numeral 6000).
Kukini, Wisdom’s 40th offspring was recently born in the Hawaiian Islands, in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. On this island, the authorities are taking ample measures in order to preserve the sanctity of the Laysan albatross mating ground.
The oldest albatross became a mother for the 40th time, and it seems that the old times is during pretty well considering her age. Moreover, the National Park’s keepers have reported that after giving birth to the chick, Wisdom didn’t waste any time sitting around.
Instead of sitting around and moping like any old woman, the bird began searching for food in the surrounding area, while Gooo, her mate, kept a close eye on the chick. Wisdom soon returned with a bounty of small fish, baby squids and fish eggs for the chick and her mate.
And yet another fun fact for us: the old times returned from her trip exactly after the Super Bowl was over. Thus, she wanted to subtly tell her hubby that game time is over, and now he has to take off in order to provide for his family.
The keepers of the park reported that Wisdom and her family are doing well and that Gooo is presently scavenging for food.