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Veteran albatross survives tsunami

The oldest known wild bird in the US has returned to a remote atoll north west of the main Hawaiian islands after surviving this month's tsunami.

Officials at the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex said they are thrilled that the Laysan albatross survived the March 11 tsunami.

The albatross, named Wisdom, is more than 60 years old.

Project leader Barry Stieglitz said the survival of the albatross reinforces the importance of breeding adults in the seabird population.

The tsunami generated by the massive earthquake off Japan killed at least 2,000 adult albatross and 110,000 chicks.

Mr Stieglitz said it is "humbling" that the 8lb bird is still producing chicks.

(http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=12526(Hawaiian Islands Wildlife Refuge)

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