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Condor ready to hatch at San Diego's Safari Park

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California condor chick is about to hatch at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and a webcam is offering a birds-eye view.

Zoo officials said Thursday that the egg has begun to pip - the process of the chick breaking through the shell from the inside. The pipping period can take two to three days until the chick emerges.

Viewers of the Condor Cam on the zoo's web site may see the chick's beak protrude through the shell or the parents gently removing broken fragments to help their offspring hatch.

The public can suggest names for the chick in the Chumash language via the zoo's Facebook page. Suggestions will be accepted through March 15.

The mother, who laid the egg January 13, is named Shatash.

 

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