Proud Zoo Employees Stream Birth of California Condor: Watch Live!
Looking for a way to procrastinate today? Allow us to suggest that you pop on over to the San Diego Zoo's website, where you can watch as two California condors take turns incubating an egg that is expected to hatch within the next several days.
The baby condor began to break through its shell at about 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and the hatching process can take between 48 and 72 hours. Since Wednesday, the chick's parents, Sisquoc and Shatash, have taken turns resting on top of it. According to KPBS, as you watch the Condor Cam, you might see mama or papa bird pick pieces of the shell off their baby, or bear witness to the baby's beak poking out.
As much as this might sound like watching paint dry, rest assured that it's actually remarkably exciting when the incubator du jour stands up and does something to the egg beneath it.
You might even get so attached that you'll want to suggest a name for the little guy, which you can do on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #condorname. The name has to be in the Chumash language, and so far suggestions have included "Xutas meaning 'the morning star'" offered up by Jennifer L. Smietana on Facebook, and Tecuya, meaning "holding," tossed out by Wave Kronewitter on Twitter. A number of people have also suggested Mistoyo, meaning rainbow.