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California Condor Profiles and LIfe Histories
Condor #538 "Miracle"
Sex: Female Hatch Location & Date: Big Sur, 5/23/2009 Release Date: ? Parents:  #209 and #236 Local Biological Siblings: #663 Breeding Status: Unpaired Offspring: None
Miracle is the first completely wild chick in Big Sur in over a century, making her appearance a truly miraculous event in the history of the condor recovery program. Her parents, Condor #209 and Condor #236 laid, hatched, reared, and fledged her without management intervention. Because of this, Miracle represents a positive step towards a more "hands off" approach. At this point, however, the low numbers of condors living in the wild means that if something goes wrong, it could potentially have a devastating impact on the entire flock. That is why we check if wild-laid eggs are fertile and, if they are not, replace them with foster eggs laid by condors in captivity.

Miracle can frequently be seen flying with her parents and we are hoping that she picks up on the excellent parenting skills that #209 and #236 utilized to raise her into a successful condor. Miracle has also begun to explore a wider range of the central coast, including making trips to Pinnacles National Park.
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