Wesa is a cute, 2-week-old California Condor chick!!
She just hatched back on February 24th and is the first chick of the season at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
The little baby chick has maintained a healthy weight and eats up to 15 mice per day!!
Gross! But healthy for growing condors!
What's kinda funny/weird is they're "puppet rearing" the chick.
That means the zoo keepers put their hand in a condor puppet and interact with the chick so it can eventually be released into the wild.
The zoo's senior condor keeper said:
"The puppet is like a fancy glove. It covers our hands so the chick does not get any beneficial experiences from people. We do not want it imprinting on people or getting used to us when it goes out into the wild. We want it to be a nice, wild animal, not relying on people for food."
Wesa is part of a California Condor breeding program which brought condors back from literally only 22 in the '80s, all the way to the 400 that are in the wild today!
Way to go, SD Zoo! Congrats on the new chick!
[Image via Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Safari Park.]
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