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   Undertoad  Friday Mar 17 11:08 AM

3/17/2006: California condor chick



Happy Friday - this two-day-old California condor chick was submitted by multiple people. It's shown here at the San Diego Zoo, but don't get confused - the big thing there is not a condor at all, but a condor puppet used to feed the chick.



barefoot serpent  Friday Mar 17 11:50 AM

I hope that thermometer goes under the wing.



Happy Monkey  Friday Mar 17 12:20 PM

Here's what he'll look like as an adolescent:



Apparently their heads darken, and then lighten again as adults.



Trilby  Friday Mar 17 12:54 PM

Very cool. Now, is that baby condor FOOLED by that puppet? And, why is it being fed by a puppet, or should I look at a link I missed on the first go-round?



Elspode  Friday Mar 17 01:08 PM

It keeps them from imprinting on humans so that they will not be dependant and can be released into the wild to repopulate the species.



Trilby  Friday Mar 17 01:21 PM

But, what about smell? I thought animals needed a good smell to know about life. Does the puppet have condor smell on her?



Elspode  Friday Mar 17 01:37 PM

Maybe so...

From here...

Quote:
Despite efforts to prevent condor chicks from imprinting on their human handlers (involving now famous condorlike puppets), the first groups of birds released in California were attracted to humans and human-made structures. Subsequent changes in the rearing practices of these chicks (including conditioning classes to teach chicks to avoid human structures) may prevent these behavioral problems in the future.



Trilby  Friday Mar 17 01:41 PM

I have almost always imprinted on the dominate male. Personally. It's been a problem...



barefoot serpent  Friday Mar 17 01:43 PM

I think they added the cable -- in HMs pic -- to the railing at overlooks at the Grand Canyon to try and keep them from perching near people.

And as for the smell, I'm sure the puppet quickly acquires the essence of condor chow aka carrion.



Elspode  Friday Mar 17 01:52 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
I have almost always imprinted on the dominate male. Personally. It's been a problem...
Its probably the smell...


Trilby  Friday Mar 17 01:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode
Its probably the smell...
Do dominate males smell bad? Coz if they do...


barefoot serpent  Friday Mar 17 02:01 PM

I prefer to call it pheromones



marichiko  Friday Mar 17 02:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
I have almost always imprinted on the dominate male. Personally. It's been a problem...
Nah, Bri, if your prof azzhole is any indication, you've imprinted on the subordinate opportunist.

BIG difference!


Highriskgeo  Friday Mar 17 02:42 PM

Just think this little one will grow up take care of all are roadkill one day



Trilby  Friday Mar 17 03:05 PM

i'm starting to think I love mari--I am also starting to think I'm...cultered. Like Paris.



barefoot serpent  Friday Mar 17 03:26 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Highriskgeo
Just think this little one will grow up take care of all are roadkill one day
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
i'm starting to think I love mari--I am also starting to think I'm...cultered. Like Paris.
I'm starting to think some members have begun St. Patricks Day celebrations already :hic


capnhowdy  Friday Mar 17 05:09 PM

We call them buzzards down here. But ours are bald.



chrisinhouston  Friday Mar 17 05:12 PM

They do the same thing with Whooping Cranes. Here you see a former KKK member hired to impersonate an adult crane!



seakdivers  Friday Mar 17 05:35 PM

Geez - it took me a while to find the adult condor's head in the second pic. I guess I'm used to our big ol white headed rat-birds up here.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Mar 17 07:30 PM

Rat-birds? Is that any way to speak of our national bird? Bush'll get you for that.



seakdivers  Friday Mar 17 07:40 PM

Yep.

They're Jessica Simpson birds. Dumber than a stick, but nice on the eyes.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Mar 17 07:43 PM

Maybe Ben franklin was right and we should eat 'em for thanksgiving.



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