Endangered condor egg hatches in Northern California’s wild

PAICINES, CALIFORNIA (AP) — A California condor egg has hatched in Northern California’s wild, the newest member of Pinnacles National Park’s recovery programme for the
endangered species.

The egg hatched on April 12 after two months of round-the-clock incubation by both parents who protected their fragile egg from the elements and potential predators, park rangers said in a recent social media post.

Their nest has a video camera installed to help with monitoring and videos shared by the National Park Service this week show one parent feeding the fluffy chick while the other stands guard by the entrance to their refuge.

Since 2003, park rangers at Pinnacles, a 26,000-acre park in rural San Benito County about 193 kilometres south of San Francisco, and Ventana Wildlife Society wildlife biologists have managed a release site at the park for captive-bred California condors. The two parents have been a pair for about five years, and this is their third offspring. They are condors 589, which is managed by the park.

The other parent — 569 — is managed by Ventana Wildlife Society.

“Condors typically only have one chick every two years.

“589 and 569 are clearly doing their part to help their species and maintain their status as a Pinnacles power couple!” park rangers wrote. The chick, named 1078, still must survive six more months in the nest, relying on its parents completely for food, protection and companionship.

A California condor nestling is seen on the Pinnacles National Park web cam on April 19. PHOTO: AP