Los Angeles Zoo’s First Condor Egg Laid

From Times Wire Services

A California condor laid an egg at the Los Angeles Zoo after weeks of amorous but clumsy courting, and scientists hope it will be fertile and produce a chick to bolster the population of the endangered species.

The egg was the first for the Los Angeles Zoo program, said Mike Wallace, curator of birds at the zoo and supervisor of its captive condor breeding program. A condor egg laid in captivity was hatched last year at the San Diego Wild Animal Park in Escondido.

Only 28 of the endangered California condors remain alive, 14 in captivity at the Los Angeles Zoo and another 14 in Escondido.