The World’s Oldest Wild Bird Is Still Laying Eggs At 67 Years Old

Samuel Reason | July 14th, 2018

Known as the albatross supermom, this bird called Wisdom has stunned scientists around the world once more by laying an egg. Now the oldest wild bird in the world to lay an egg, which she has seen do at her home on the Midway Atoll.

wikimedia.org

Every year the wild albatross known as Wisdom returns to the Marine National Monument in Papahanaumokuakea to nest and raise just one chick. And the U.S. Wildlife Service has confirmed that once again the pair was incubating a new egg.

Wisdom has had an extremely long life for bird standards, in fact, Wisdom has outlived several mates already and is believed to have raised anywhere between 30 to 35 chicks. Probably a record in itself, not to mention that Wisdom has probably flown around three million miles since 1956. This would equal about four to six round trips to the moon!

No one has ever seen an albatross this old still producing eggs, so it begs the question is there an even older bird somewhere in the world?

It is more than just luck, the life of an albatross is dangerous. Ingesting plastic litter from the ocean is a real possibility and the need to forage over miles of ocean is very tiring. Handling extreme climates and hoping to find a little stretch of land to raise their chicks on, is a very complicated way of life. Most wild birds have a real struggle to survive and even find a mate.

As confirmed by Charles Eldermire one of the Bird Cams project leaders at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in New York.

“You’re talking about a bird that stretches our understanding because it’s so unlike our life history and 99 percent of the animals we interact with on a daily basis.”

Wisdom has shattered all the barriers and we hope, will continue to do so

Next Article
  • The Time Stalin Ordered A Carbon Copy Of The B-29 Bomber

    In 1944, the USSR quickly realized that in terms of modern heavy bombers they were lacking behind. When reaching Berlin, they noticed that Britain and America air forces had been constantly bombing German cities at capacities that the USSR did not have. Luckily, on the other side of the world, America had been bombing Japanese...

    Read More
  • From Poverty To Becoming A Millionaire Oil Baron

    Sarah Rector was born in 1902 in Oklahoma on Muscogee Creek Indian allotted land to two parents who both came from enslaved ancestry. In 1907 when Oklahoma passed a law that ordered the Creeks land to be divided between the Creeks and also their former slaves. This meant that Sarah Rector and all her family...

    Read More
  • A North American Casino Was Hacked Via A Smart Fish Tank

    When it comes to browsing the internet most people are now aware of phishing scams where hackers try to fake popular websites and get you to give them your personal details. One casino in North American found out about an entirely different type of hack, one that had to do with actual fish. One of...

    Read More
  • In 1962 Maryland Declared Jousting Their Official State Sport

    One would have thought that jousting was reserved for a bygone time, the medieval ages. A time of knights, kings, and princesses; all galloping furiously on their noble steeds. Tipped from head to toy in ancient armor, jousting was a sport that was much loved for decades. Of course, as we entered the modern times...

    Read More
  • There Has Only Ever Been One Submarine VS Submarine Fight Ever!

    A famous film that dramatized underwater battle for the whole world to see is, of course, The Hunt For Red October, it portrayed a nerve-racking experience with crews deep under the ocean searching for their enemy with sonar. And though it is true that hunting undersea enemies is, of course,...

    Read More
  • Nuclear Pasta The Strongest Material In The Universe

    If you happen to be in the industry of creating the strongest materials in the universe, then you are in luck. We have the recipe and it only takes three easy steps: Find yourself one dying star and put into your favorite boiling pot, boil it until it goes supernova and explodes. Beware this could...

    Read More
  • Sometimes Little Galaxies Are Actually Cannibals

    Astronomers around the globe have long seen big galaxies like the Milkyway swallow up some of their little brothers and sisters. In fact, the sky is full of cannibals. They swallow up stars that are in their cosmic neighbors, and over time eat up whole galaxies. It seems only natural, that even in space, the...

    Read More