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World oldest bird gives birth at age 62

By Mason White 11:48 AM February 8, 2013
World’s oldest bird to give birth 

By: David Ross
The world’s oldest bird just gave birth at the age of 62, according to official reports in Japan.

The oldest known wild bird living in the world has given birth to a healthy baby. The bird, which is 62-years-old, is named Wisdom. It last made headlines in 2011, when the bird survived the Japanese tsunami.

Wisdom has defied the odds in many ways: It has lived nearly twice the average for its type of bird. It was given its name after being tagged by a U.S. Geological Survey researcher in 1956.

The USGS said in a statement that since it was tagged, Wisdom has flown an estimated 2 million to 3 million miles, or four to six trips from the Earth to the Moon and back again with plenty of miles to spare.

“While the process of tagging a bird has not changed much over the past century, the information provided by birds marked with a simple numbered metal band has transformed our knowledge of birds,” an expert said.

Although there have been other birds spotted in the wild estimated to be around 50-years-old, Wisdom is the only documented bird of having given birth at such an advanced age. However, some scientists may have seen the feat coming years ago, when Wisdom gave birth and has given birth to a total of five birds since 2006.

Robbins, was 40-years-old when he first tagged Wisdom in 1956.
In 2001, Robbins rediscovered Wisdom, while helping the USGS determine its age.