Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has given employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Caraga region a pat on the back for saving the life of an injured Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) that was rescued in Tago town in Surigao del Sur last December 10.

Cimatu lauded the field workers, particularly the members of the DENR-Region 13 enforcement division who acted promptly and provided initial treatment to the raptor, which was found to be suffering from a broken wing after being rescued by residents of the mountainous village of Anahao Daan.

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“This proves that the DENR personnel even in the local field offices are vigilant in caring and protecting our precious wildlife treasures, such as the Philippine eagle,” the environment chief added.

The eagle is now being treated at the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) in Davao City. PEC is a conservation breeding facility operated by the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

DENR-Region 13 officer-in-charge Director Charlie Fabre said the raptor was turned over to the PEC, the conservation breeding facility of the Philippine Eagle Foundation, a day after it was rescued.

He said the bird’s cartilage bone on its left wing had to be cut off “to save its life.”

According to Forester Modesto Lagumbay, chief of the local enforcement and wildlife division, local residents found the 4-kilogram eagle limping along the riverbank and turned it over to barangay chairman Datu Aralito Enriquez.

Enriquez brought the eagle to Mayor Rogelio Pimentel, from whom the DENR team retrieved the raptor.

“The wounded eagle had to be brought fast to an eagle sanctuary in Davao City where the veterinarian had immediately performed surgical operation on its left-wing cartilage bone,” Lagumbay said.

The veterinarian who examined the raptor said there was no trace of gunshot, and neither was it caused by a wooden arrow. “Most likely, the eagle must have been caught from a snare and struggled to get free and wounded its wing in the process,” Lagumbay said.

The eagle, estimated to be around two years old, will have to stay at the PEC while recovering from its injury. ###

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