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World's Oldest Known Wild Bird Gives Birth At 70

A Laysan albatross named Wisdom - who is the oldest known wild bird - not only turned a whopping 70 years old this year but also reared a new chick. This chick is at the very least her 40th one, and that is a feat which stretches far and wide the knowledge humans have of how birds live. 

Wisdom, according to Gulf Doday, was banded in 1956 and is the oldest known wild bird in history. She may even be older than 70, being that her age was estimated to be 5 years at the time - earliest age an albatross reaches maturity. "Last month her new chick hatched on the Midway Atoll – a tiny scrap of land, 1,300 miles northwest of Hawaii in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean."

She has been raising her little chicks with her current mate, named Akeakamai, since about 2010, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Albatrosses are known as birds who mate for life, but considering Wisdom's amazing age, she has had a couple mates over the years, having outlived her previous companions. 

Until early in the 21st century, it was thought that Laysan albatrosses lived around 40 years, but "Wisdom has rewritten the natural history books." "We don't know exactly how many chicks she's raised, but certainly at least 35 based on what we know about her recent years performance," said US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Beth Flint. 

For more wholesome bird stories, read about these two pelicans who have been trying to have a baby for six years and finally succeeded

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Just when you think the world is missing a little kindness, you come across something that is so kind and so pure, and your faith is restored yet again. When one day, this man came across a parakeet egg inside of a cage in a pet store and found out that its mother had been sold, he did what many of us wish we had the strength to do - he took the egg home, cared for it, and helped this tiny parakeet hatch. 

So much care, time, and love has to be put into such an act of kindness. We are not only touched and thankful for this video and this person, we also find ourselves inspired to do something kind of others ourselves. 

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What would you do if a giant snapping turtle showed up in your backyard? Well, this family let it be, watching it through the windows, the kids really excited, naming her "Snippy". After a rough storm in the night, the father came out to check the damage and found what looked like little golf balls on his stairs. Turns out - Snippy left her eggs right there.

The family took care of the eggs, feeling a strong need to protect them and help nature. "It was like a Horton moment, you know?" the father laughs. The kids continued to be excited, and after the eggs hatched, they named every single one of the baby snapping turtles. It's so incredibly adorable - both the kids being so overjoyed and the baby turtles getting to not only live but being let go into the wild by the loving family. 

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These Adorable Turtle Hatchlings Need Help - Here's How To Do Your Bit

Turtles are amazing animals. They can be traced back to the time of dinosaurs, they usually live around 70 years (tortoises reach around 150 or more years), and they're super cute. Sadly, as human development reaches the quietest of beaches, some turtle hatchlings are having trouble finding the ocean because of the confusing lights. But it's not all bad news! As well as being the problem (sorry turtles), we can also be the solution. Keep on reading to learn how you can help your little flippered friends live to be wise old creatures. 

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My first ever hognose snake hatchling - and I think he or she is super squee

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Why hello baby turtle! And welcome to the world!

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Editor's Note: The video includes a few "rough" words, the hatching of two cockatiel chicks, bird vomit, and popular music, all of which some people may find slightly gross. But if you can stomach the aforementioned, it is definitely worth watching!

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