SAN MARIANO, Isabela - A Team from the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) evaluated the physical condition of the Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) at the residence of Mayor Edgar T.in this town.
Dr. Rizza Araceli Salinas, a veterinarian of the PAWB in Quezon City undertook medical assessment of the eagle.
Salinas revealed that the feathers of the captured 5 kilograms female eagle has stress bars. The bird’s red and white blood cells counts are found within the normal range.
The first thing most visitors notice about the eagle is the crest of feathers on the top of the head. When the bird is relaxed these feathers give a cute and floppy look.
Lorilie Salvador, Planning Officer of the Philippine Raptors Conservation Program said the Philippine Eagles are fed once a day with not more than 500 grams.
PAWB Staff of the DENR Central Office mentioned that the Philippine Eagle is already tame because of its passive response to human presence as seen during the medical assessment.
PENRO Isabela PAWZCMS Specialist Felicitas Gammad divulged that Mayor Go reported that they have custody of the eagle.
PAWCZMS Specialist Francisco Binag of CENRO Naguilian also said that the eagle which was rescued by a Dumagat in Sitio Diwagao, Dinapigue had undergone medical check-up by a licensed veterinarian from San Mariano and found fit for release.
Salvador mentioned that the eagle needs to undergo rehabilitation process. Later, a team composed of DENR Region 02 and PAWB personnel will be conducting a site assessment in the area where the eagle was captured and will be released eventually.
Isabela Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer William C. Savella said the DENR and Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) plan to undertake the radio and satellite telemetry tracking of the Philippine Eagle.
The Philippine eagle is a critically endangered bird with estimated population of about 500 individuals, mostly found in Mindanao Island. The Sierra MadreRanges is the last stronghold of the species in Luzon, hence, every Philippine eagle counts for its population to increase in the wild.