World’s oldest albatross lays another egg at 68
In a rare but true incident, it turns out that the world’s oldest bird is all geared up to become a mum again — after raising at least 30 other youngsters. If reports atre to be believed, Wisdom the albatross has laid another egg at her nest site in Midway Atoll National Wildlife refuge.
According to biologists believe that Wisdom is at least 68-year-old. The news has now forced them to re-evaluate the age which they expected albatrosses to live to.
Although albatrosses mate for life but they do take a new partner if their mate dies. Akeakamai is the current mate for Wisdom. While Akeakamai’s age is not known, but the pair have been together since 2006.
On November 29 this year Wisdom first appeared back at her traditional nest site and biologists on Midway have confirmed that she has laid an egg.
Before spending five months rearing thier little one to fledgling status after it hatches, Albatross lay a single egg and incubate it for just over two months.
It is touted that Wisdom, which is a Laysan albatross, has reared between 30 and 36 chicks in her life.
Apparently, the chick she produced in 2001 was observed just a few feet away from her in 2017, providing further evidence that albatross offspring return to their parents as they get older.