Portland, Oregon – The first California condor chick of the season chipped its way out of its shell this morning in an incubator at the Oregon Zoo’s center for wildlife conservation. This is the earliest hatch date since the zoo started breeding the endangered birds in 2003.
Lead condor keeper, Kelli Walker says “that little bird made it clear it was ready to come out.” “It started squawking like a little dinosaur, causing the parents to perk up.”
The California condor was one of the original animals included in the Endangered Species Act and is classified as critically endangered. The zoo says in 1982 only 22 condors remained in the wild and by 1987, the last ones were taken into captivity in an effort to save the species.