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The first California Condor chick of the season hatched on 14th at the San Diego Zoo! The Condor Breeding program employees use a condor puppet to feed the baby chick raw meat and give it some interaction. 

“‘The puppet is like a fancy glove,’ Webb said in the statement. ‘It covers our hands so the chick does not get any beneficial experiences from people. We do not want it imprinting on people or getting used to us when it goes out into the wild.  We want it to be a nice, wild animal, not relying on people for food.’”

"When the organization first began its breeding program, there were only 22 California condors left in the world. Today, there are more than 400, 232 of which fly free in California, Arizona and Baja California, Mexico."

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