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World's oldest bird hatches healthy chick at Midway Atoll

Wisdom (right) and her mate are shown in this photograph from November. Image Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wisdom (right) and her mate are shown in this photograph from November. Image Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wisdom's mate rears the pair's new chick, born Feb. 2. Image Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wisdom's mate rears the pair's new chick, born Feb. 2. Image Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wisdom's mate tends to the pair's newly-born chick. Image Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wisdom's mate tends to the pair's newly-born chick. Image Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

At 65, Wisdom the Laysan albatross is a mom – again.

The oldest known bird in the wild just welcomed a new chick into the world, researchers at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge announced.

They’ve dubbed the little guy Kukuni, which is Hawaiian for “messenger.”

Researchers said Wisdom’s mate had been on the nest since late January, when he took over incubation duties while Wisdom headed out to sea.

Wisdom returned to the nest – and her new chick – on Sunday, with a full belly.

Robert Peyton, refuge manager, called Wisdom “an iconic symbol of inspiration and hope.”

“With over a million albatross on Midway Atoll alone, this shows just how much is left to learn about the natural world around us,” he said, in a news release.

Wisdom has raised at least eight chicks since 2006, and as many as 40 in her lifetime.

Researchers estimate she’s flown more than three million miles since she was first tagged on Midway in 1956.

Albatrosses arrive on Midway Atoll in late November to nest. In December, volunteers counted some 470,000 active nests.

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