Condor ready to hatch at San Diego's Safari Park

By the Associated Press | March 8, 2012 | 10:05 PM EST

This image provided by the San Diego Zoo shows a technician holding a California condor egg that is beginning to pop, center right, or break from its shell, Thursday, March 8, 2012 in San Diego. The egg will hatch live on the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy's Condor Cam in the next two to three days. The Condor Cam is the public's first ever opportunity to see a live birth.(AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Tammy Spratt)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California condor chick is about to hatch at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and a webcam is offering a birds-eye view.

Zoo officials said Thursday that the egg has begun to pip — the process of the chick breaking through the shell from the inside. The pipping period can take two to three days until the chick emerges.

Viewers of the Condor Cam on the zoo's web site may see the chick's beak protrude through the shell or the parents gently removing broken fragments to help their offspring hatch.

The public can suggest names for the chick via the zoo's Facebook page through March 15.

The Safari Park has hatched 172 chicks and released more than 80 of the endangered birds in the wild since the 1980s.