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Condor #615 "Pig Pen"
Sex: Male Hatch Location & Date: Portland, Oregon, 4/23/2011 Release Date: 11/30/2012 Parents:  #50 and #57 Local Biological Siblings: #400 Breeding Status: Unpaired Offspring: None
#615 is on the larger side of the spectrum: adult Condors can range from 15-25 pounds and as a pre-release juvenile Condor #615 weighed in at 23 pounds! This bird is a rough-and-tumble, strong, young Condor taking after the high ranks of his mother, an original, wild, founder bird nicknamed "Honsi." She has a bold disposition and is known for her lively offspring! #615's wild genes were on full display in our flight pen when he arrived from Oregon. He commonly thrashed around in the large aviary walking up the sides of the mesh like a huge parrot and "cling flapping" until he would tire and eventually drop to land. He was also seen hanging from the ceiling flapping upside down at times- a first from our observations! He never seemed to tire.

However, with this high level of energy in the pen, his feathers suffered and he ended up breaking the middle part of his tail feathers, perhaps due to hard and consistent ground landings. We had to repair his broken tails feathers using a falconry technique called "imping," where we attach similar molted feathers from another Condor saved for that purpose. It worked well and he had an excellent take off and first flight upon his release over the coast!

Because he is an Oregon-reared bird and his mother has an Indian name, we decided to ask the Nez Perce Tribe Cultural Resources Department to name this bird. They were happy to help and offered Condor #615 the name, "Tui-nu-nut" (Tooy-new-newt) which translates as "No Tail."

No Tail has a great story memorialized now in his name, because it attests to the spirit of this species and their indomitable determination to be wild and free! What a great gift we have in this magnificent, young and strong bird!

Tui-nu-nut hangs out around Big Sur with his pal "Lupine," Condor #597 whom he was released with. Condor juveniles usually hang out with Condors of their own sex, but Lupine is female and Tui-nu-nut is male. Who knows, perhaps they will pair together once they reach maturity in a few more years? Fly high Tui-nu-nut and may you always have fresh and durable tail feathers!

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