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Endangered condors lay first eggs in wild

1:29pm, June 6, 2001

California condors are again mating in the wild. There are only 59 members of this species outside of zoos. All captive-bred, they were released into their former habitat over the past 6 years through a program managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Last week, the agency announced that one of its biologists has spied a trio of the wild condors tending a pair of eggs.

Greg Austin last month spotted two eggs in the same dark overhang on the face of a remote Southern California cliff. Because each female produces a single egg, the presence of a pair in the cliffside hollow suggests that the two females share the single male as their mate. That's surprising since the 25-pound condors ordinarily form monogamous couples for life. Both mother and father contribute to the intensive, nearly 2-year incubat

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