|At it again! (Photo by Andrew Shiva)|
Take the case of Wisdom, a 66-year-old albatross. If her partner unwisely assumed that she was beyond pregnancy age, then he was in for a rude awakening.
Washington AFP reports that “the world’s oldest known seabird [i.e., Wisdom] is expecting.” With “at least nine chicks” that have already flown the coop, Wisdom is once again “incubating an egg.” This likely has much to do with a recent visit from her mate, Akeakamai.
Makes a person wonder when these birds would find time for such fun. After all, they spend “almost 90 percent of their lives flying.” During international flights, some are hunted and eaten. Others are spared, due to a belief that albatrosses embody “the souls of lost sailors.”
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