EXPIRED: 01/26/10 – Thaao, 80, was possibly the oldest condor ever. He was an Andean condor and lived at the Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut for the last 17 years.

Before that he resided in Pittsburgh, poor thing.

In the wild, condors don’t usually live past 50.

Despite all the care he received over the course of his life, he didn’t the company of his caretakers.

“Thaao wasn’t the sort of animal who would cuddle up to you,” said Gregg Dancho, zoo director.

Still he did get some cuddling done. Thaao was useful in developing techniques to breed the extremely rare California condor in captivity.



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