ANOTHER Philippine eagle, the third of its kind in a span of four years, was recently found and rescued in the hinterlands of Maitum town in Sarangani province as it was trapped in thorny rattan vines while preying on a monkey, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said on Monday.
A team from the municipal government, the DENR Regional Office 12 in Koronadal City, South Cotabato also said in a statement, retrieved the eagle and relayed the rescue effort to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office for proper handling of the eagle and turnover to the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City.
A piece of marble, which was used as a bullet in an improvised rifle, was recovered, embedded near the eagle’s right clavicle.
The bird was found near Mt. Busa complex, a declared key biodiversity area and home to critically endangered, threatened, vulnerable and rare fowl species.
The two previous Philippine eagles were found on Jan. 2, 2017 and Dec. 13, 2019 and were also turned over to the center for rehabilitation.
Environmental authorities attribute frequent sightings of the country’s national bird in the mountain area to the healthy biodiversity of its forests, which also host endemic flora, fauna and hardwood species.