Egyptian Vulture Hatches In Captivity, First time in 105 Years

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An Egyptian vulture chick has hatched at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This is a first time for the Park in 105 years. Therefore, this makes it a moment worth celebrating. The Egyptian vulture is an endangered bird. This is also the first hatch-ling in captivity in North America. Jamila is the name of the vulture chick.

Currently, the baby vulture is a few months old. She lives in an isolated area in the park. Thus, she is away from all the other animals. This might be best for the bird’s safety. Likewise, the zoo has to take great care of the bird. This is especially because this is their first Egyptian vulture.

The hatch-ling’s father is eye-catching. He is mostly covered in white feathers with a white plumage around his head. He is 23 years old and enjoys sitting on his perch. This allows him to scan the entire area. The perch serves as a good vantage point. The chick’s mother is also mostly white. However, her plumage is close to her head. KBPS reports these facts.

Daisy Rivas says the vulture family is highly intelligent. She says they are the only tool using vultures. She explains the vultures use rocks to break ostrich eggs. Moreover, they also use many parts of the carcass which other birds do not use. Daisy Rivas is a wildlife specialist at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Furthermore, she is in charge of the aviary.

The Egyptian vulture is a historic bird. Therefore, it has lived with mankind since its beginning. The bird is the subject of many legends. Moreover, it is considered sacred in many cultures as well. Nature Conservation Egypt states this. The bird also serves as the inspiration for the letter ‘A’ in ancient Egyptian language. This is none other than hieroglyph. Thus, the bird’s place in permanent in history. They are a symbol of royalty in ancient Egypt. ‘Pharaoh’s chicken’ is another name for the vulture. This is to be expected, given the vulture’s high status!