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World's oldest seabird hatches new chick at Midway Atoll

By: The Associated Press
February 16, 2017 Updated: February 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm
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In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo provided by the photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Pacific Region shows Wisdom and her new chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The Laysan albatross is about 66 years old and is the world's oldest breeding bird in the wild. Fish and Wildlife Service project leader Bob Peyton says Wisdom has returned to Midway for over six decades. (Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer via AP)

HONOLULU — The world's oldest known seabird has a new chick.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday Wisdom's offspring hatched at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge last week. The Laysan albatross is at least 66 years old and is the world's oldest breeding bird in the wild.

Fish and Wildlife Service project leader Bob Peyton says Wisdom has returned to Midway for over six decades. He says she has raised at least 30 chicks.

Midway Atoll is home to the world's largest colony of albatross. The island about 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu was the site of a pivotal World War II battle.

Nearly 70 percent of the world's Laysan albatross rely on the atoll for habitat.

Midway is part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

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