September 19, 2018
Highlights of Condor Chick #923's Slip Off Cliff And Eventual Recovery
In case you missed it, #923 and its parent slipped off the cliff near the Hutton's Bowl nest during a feeding and tumbled down the canyon on September 11. The chick was spotted after landing safely on a ledge below the nest, and eventually it scaled back up the rocky terrain and returned to the nest cavity. According to our parters at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Santa Barbara Zoo, it isn't all that unusual for young condors to have growing pains while navigating new terrain! They went on to explain that "these explorations are very natural for condor chicks and are what help to prepare them for eventually leaving the nest. Much like a human baby learning to walk, condor chicks don't learn to fly all at once, but instead are very adept at learning their surrounding environment and developing the musculature, balance, stamina, and agility needed for eventual flight."