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California Condor Profiles and LIfe Histories
Condor #470 "Fuego"
Sex: Male Hatch Location & Date: Big Sur (laid at the Los Angeles Zoo), 4/12/2008 Release Date: ? Parents:  Biological parents #1 and #43 (foster parents #204 and #222) Local Biological Siblings: #208, #351, #418 Breeding Status: Unpaired Offspring: None
While he was still in his egg, Fuego was transferred from his birthplace at the Los Angeles Zoo in a wild Big Sur nest in a portable incubator. He hatched without a problem, but was rather small for his age and did not seem to grow quickly until he was three months old. At around four months old, he began climbing out of the nest cavity and clumsily exploring the "front porch." His confidence and coordination gradually grew so he could start flying short distances. In June of 2008, the gigantic Basin Complex wildfire engulfed the canyon he was in and approached the cliff-side nest, but never got close enough to harm him. Only months later, a helicopter collided with a nearby power line and caused another fire in the vicinity. After surviving two separate wildfires near his nest area, it was easy to pick Fuego's nickname!

His plucky spirit and spectacular flying skills make him a wonderful addition to the Big Sur flock. Fuego is almost always seen hanging out with his foster father, Condor #204, and the two have become a familiar sight near Torre Canyon, Grimes Point, and Sea Lion Cove, which seems to be their "adopted territory" for the time being.

Although Fuego and #204 show off by soaring close to the highway, it is important to not approach them so that Fuego's foster father does not have another close call (#204 was found severely injured, was suspected to have been struck by a car, and lost his mate and much of his status in the hierarchy while he was recovering at the Los Angeles Zoo).
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