If it itches, scratch it!

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The San Diego Zoo has spent a lot of time cleaning out some of the exhibits that were overgrown with vegetation, such as the eagle and condor exhibits. Now we can see the Andean Condors, and here is one that had an itch while I was there:

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The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) is the only member of the genus Vultur. It lives in the Andes mountains and adjacent Pacific coasts of western South America. Its wingspan of up to 10.5 ft is exceeded only by the Wandering Albatross, the Southern Royal Albatross, the Dalmatian Pelican, and the Great White Pelican.

Andean Condors are primarily scavengers, feeding mostly on carcases of deer and cattle. It is one of the world’s longest-living birds, with a lifespan of up to 100 years in captivity.

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8 thoughts on “If it itches, scratch it!

  1. mandyevebarnett

    This reminds me of going to a bird sanctuary in England. They had a young condor and built a hill for him. The keeper would walk up the hill with the bird and then run down. Eventually the young condor figured out he didn’t have to run he could fly down!
    Even as a youngster he was huge!



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