The world-famous San Diego Zoo has a new member of its family, but the California condor will only be hanging around in the area for a limited time. Looking to help repopulated the struggling wild population of the large birds, zoo personnel have chosen to release the bird in its natural habitat once they feel the baby bird can fend for itself.
The San Diego Zoo welcomed its first California condor chick of the hatching season on Feb. 24, the zoo announced yesterday (March 11), as part of their breeding program to help save the endangered species.
The two-week-old condor, dubbed Wesa, is doing well and has a healthy appetite, eating up to 15 mice a day, the zoo said in a statement. Like other condors born at the zoo, Wesa will eventually be released into the wild.
Senior condor keeper Ron Webb has been caring for the baby bird with the help of a condor hand puppet.