Wisdom ➶

Z333, aka Wisdom, is a female albatross of the species Phoebastria immutabilis, whose return to the refuge of Midway Atoll in the Pacific is watched for every year by ornithologists from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). They estimate that this animal is the oldest known wild bird.

Wisdom was first tagged at Midway in 1956 when she had just laid eggs. Given that this species doesn’t reach sexual maturity until the age of 5, we can estimate that she is over 70 years old.

An amazing animal.

✶ Sunday, 17 December 2023

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