California condor chick born in wild in Mexico

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Posted: Jun 03, 2011 2:39 PM
California condor chick born in wild in Mexico

Mexican researchers say they have located a California condor chick being raised in the wild by a nesting pair of the endangered vultures.

The federal Environment Department says its personnel found the nest in the northwestern state of Baja California after days of hiking in a remote mountain area.

The department says the nest site augurs well for the chick, despite the fact that two of the pair's other chicks have died since 2008 and one egg failed to hatch.

The department said Friday the site is well protected on a shaded cliffside in Sierra de San Pedro Martir mountain range, much of which is parkland.

Only about 388 of the birds exist, about half in captivity. About 25 are in Baja California.