The Los Angeles Zoo has come up with a unique opportunity to increase the population of the rare California condor.
The employees have been working to save the condor for 30 years and have now mastered the fertilization of its eggs.
The scavengers became so rare in the wild that the last 27 of the species were caught and captured in 1987 to save them from extinction.
The condors, which have a wingspan of up to 274 cm, were reintroduced into the wild in the early 1990s, but their numbers still did not grow exponentially.
This is because the condor only gives birth to one fertilized egg per year in the wild and the offspring are cared for by two parents.
This year the zoo hatched 6 eggs and placed them with three pairs of condor parents with great success.
The numbers of California condors in the wild declined after colonization of California due to poaching, lead poisoning from hunted animals they feed on, and egg collectors in the early 20th century. The species is the only surviving bird in the genus Gymnogyps and can live up to 40 years.
With egg collecting a thing of the past and new laws introduced banning lead in hunter ammunition, the species now has a chance to survive in the wild.
There are currently around 500 California condors left in the world.