Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, is living proof that age is just a number.
The winged being — which is at least 68 years old and is the “world’s oldest known banded chick in the wild, ” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service— laid an egg on Midway Atoll on November 29, biologists there confirmed.
“Wisdom and her mate Akeakamai return to the same nest place on Midway Atoll each year. Albatross often take time off to rest between egg-laying times, but the pair has fulfilled on Midway to lay and spawn an egg every year since 2006, ” the wildlife authority continued.
The bird has laid an estimated 40 eggs during her lifetime, NPR reported .
When she’s not laying eggs, Wisdom invests 90 percent of her life at sea, where she feeds on squid and fish eggs.
“In the past, numerous albatross were stripped with aluminum ensembles that sometimes became corroded by sand and salt water. These early stripes would often fall off in 20 times or less, ” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.
But the same is not true for Wisdom, who was first stripped by a biologist referred Chandler Robbins in 1956. Experts have replaced Wisdom’s bands throughout the years, and this confirms the bird is the equivalent one Robbins first banded all those years ago.