It turned out to be a great New Year gift for the wildlife biologists of Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) in Big Sur, California; when they discovered a baby condor being carefully taken care of by the proud parents. Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) consists of a group of wildlife experts who study birds at their natural habitat and also offer them much required protection against possible enemies.
Experts came to know about this “mystery” baby condor only late last month and while the biologists had no previous knowledge of the incident, the parents successfully managed to hatch and raised this baby who is around 9 months old now.
According to the report by The Christian Science Monitor, the group said in a statement: “This pair of condors is suspected of nesting in a remote portion of the Ventana Wilderness in the Arroyo Seco drainage. Biologists have never entered the nest because of the area’s inaccessibility.”
VWS also suggested that as there are only 116 California condors living free in the state presently; all of them are monitored pretty closely; thus this unobserved birth of the baby condor proved to be an unusual event for them.
The group has now identified the very much in love couple #209 (or “Shadow”) and #231 (or “Wild 1”) as the parents. According to another report by the San Francisco Chronicle, VWS Big Sur condor project coordinator Joe Burnett expressed his immense satisfaction about the birth of the baby condor considering this being a great sign which shows the once endangered condors are really doing well now.
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The California condor once known to be the largest bird in North America; populated across Canada to Mexico; faced serious threats in the form of poaching, lead poisoning and habitat destruction and became nearly extinct during 1980s.
According to the Discovery News, last 27 of them were captured and nurtured and thanks to the successful captive-breeding and wild release programs; the number now stands to 425. VWS also confirmed that apart from California, the condor populations also exist in Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. “This is truly exciting to witness as it offers another example of condors surviving on their own,” said VWS Executive Director Kelly Sorenson was quoted saying.