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Apr 7, 2010 4:28 PM

First condor chick in a century hatches in California

For the first time in more than a century, a California condor chick has hatched inside the federal park that once was a domain of the species.

Biologists at Pinnacles National Monument in Central California are celebrating the milestone announced Wednesday.  The hatching of the chick, whose sex has not yet been determined, is the latest development in the slow recovery of the endangered birds.  The condor hatched a week ago and will be raised by a female released in 2004 in the park and a male released the same year along the Big Sur coast.

In 1982, the last 22 California condors were placed in a captive breeding program. Today, there are nearly 350 in the world.

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