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California Condors in Memoriam
Condor #664 "Poppy"
Sex: Female Hatch Location & Date: Big Sur, 5/8/2012 Release Date: Fledged naturally 2012 Parents:  Biological parents #251 and #306 (also wild foster parent #222) Local Biological Siblings: None Breeding Status: DECEASED 12/31/2014 Offspring: None
#664 had an unusual upbringing in that she essentially had three parents. Her biological parents (Condor #251 and Condor #306) were only determined after using genetic information since the parents were assisted by #251's other mate, Condor #222. The two ladies never showed jealousy over the attentions of #251 and all three condors provided #664 with excellent care. When condor fledglings are hungry, they engage in "wing-begging" behavior: flapping their short wings in front of a parent in order to get fed. The parenting trio dynamic was confirmed when #664 wing-begged #222 and she fed him. Sadly, #306 died in 2013. #664 still spends most of her time hanging around her natal territory. She can also often be seen flying the Big Sur coast with #251 and #222. She is vibrant and well kept young condor, hence her nickname, Poppy, like the vibrant California Poppy wildflowers that blanket the coast in the spring time.

Sadly, Poppy's life was cut short but the efforts continue to build a successfully breeding population of condors in Big Sur.

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