Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Unconventional Wisdom

There was a cool story on NPR this afternoon (yes, I listen to a liberal radio station; I'm really not that bad once you get to know...ok maybe that's going too far) about Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross and the oldest known wild bird, hatching a chick at the ripe old age of sixty-two. She was banded back in 1956, and she was estimated to be already five years old at the time.

Sixty-two! That's a good twenty years longer than the average Laysan Albatross lifespan. Not only that, but this is actually the sixth year in a row that she's hatched a brood. This momma's got a lot of survival knowledge to share with her chicks, along with plenty of street smarts, bargain shopping tips too, and romantic advice too. With a pinch of luck, they'll live to be 150!

Here's a Link to the full story, from which this photo is also taken.

10 comments:

  1. I heard about this story this week too...such a fascinating story!

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    1. Assuming maturity and breeding in her subsequent offspring every 4 years, she could also be something like a great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandmother.

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    1. Yup, she sure makes me feel like an under-achieving sack of sad.

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  3. Although a conservative myself, I find that NPR is much more fair and balanced than the networks that claims it. I think the TV networks are more biased one way or the other than the radio.

    As far as Wisdom, AMAZING! Older than my parents.

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    1. Older than mine too Robert. I haven't found an unbiassed media station, but I like NPR for the other ancillary stories--like this one--one which they do an excellent job both compiling and presenting the information, and there aren't any really annoying commercials!!

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  4. This is one super bird, congrats, Wisdom!

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  5. Pretty cool bird. I'm not planning on having any more kids when I'm 62!

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  7. Amazing! No doctor needed to help this bird out:) I also listen to NPR....I just wish they'd play more stuff on birds like this article than on the politics!

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