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San Diego Zoo puts new condor chick name to a vote

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Zoo Global started an online poll Wednesday to name a newly hatched California condor chick at the zoo's Safari Park.

The choices, provided by the park's condor keepers, are Aximay, which means "to be black"; Cuyamaca, "behind the clouds"; "Niwish," a dance; "Tepet," to turn and to roll; and Tiyep, "to teach."

Tuesday's hatching was visible to observers on the park's online Condor Cam.

"We're very pleased to welcome Sisquoc and Shatash's chick and be able to share this incredible experience with everyone," said Michael Mace, the park's curator of birds. "This rare experience of watching a condor chick is no longer for a select few. We invite you to watch this fantastic experience, the beginning cycle of a California condor's life, from the egg until it fledges."

The zoo is part of the the California Condor Recovery Program, established in the 1980s when there were only 22 of the majestic birds left in the world. The population has since grown to more than 400.

Voting will continue through April 15.

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