With a little help, endangered chick hatches at Oregon Zoo

With a little help, endangered chick hatches at Oregon Zoo
A newly hatched California Condor at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The little guy (or girl) needed a little help, but an endangered chick hatched April 11 at the Oregon Zoo.

The chick had been stuck in the wrong position for hatching and was unable to move inside its shell. A zoo veterinarian and a condor keeper were able to remove a portion of the shell and the chick popped its head out, according to an Oregon Zoo news release.

“The chick was extremely mad and vocal, which is good,” condor keeper Kelli Walker said in the statement. “...The chick seems to be doing well and is very active.”

After a checkup, the chick spent a night in the intensive care unit and then was placed in the shell of an infertile egg, the news release said.

Officials said the assisted hatch was the first successful one this year at the zoo.

Condors, the largest land birds in North America, have been included in the Endangered Species Act since 1973. Since 1982, there have been only 22 California condors in the world, all of which were taken into captivity.