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.