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Hidden video camera provides a close-up look at condor living
Hidden video camera provides a close-up look at condor living

A new reality TV show unfolded this year in a cave in a sandstone cliff about 75 miles northwest of Los Angeles. While home alone and waiting for his parents to return with carrion for dinner, an energetic young male California condor played games on the floor of the cave: tossing feathers and bones into the air with his beak, then pouncing on them with blunt claws. He also stared at his toes, lifting each one in turn as though playing a piano. Scientists watching through a hidden video camera were smitten. They had installed the camera and wireless transmitter as an experimental method of monitoring condors, a species slowly recovering from the brink of extinction three decades ago....

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