Philippines: Philippine Eagle ‘Matatag’ survives third shooting

By Edith Regalado, 26th February 2016;

Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) Matatag is proving to be true to its name as it recovers from a .22-caliber bullet wound it suffered last Sunday in Barangay Tambobong, Baguio District here.

Tiborcio Aparesio, who claimed responsibility for the incident, brought the wounded giant raptor to the Malagos Eagle Center for treatment. But, on Monday, his claim was belied by his brother Rolando, who also said he was the one who shot the Eagle.

Depending on how the word matatag is used, it could mean to stand firm, to be stable, steadfast or dependable.

Matatag was first brought to the Philippine Eagle Center in Barangay Malagos, Calinan District for rehabilitation four years ago. He was only about a year old then.

Experts then diagnosed Matatag as having anemia and described him as thin, nearly all of his flight feathers gone and in a “pitifully sickly state.”

He recuperated and rehabilitated for three years before he was released back to the wild on Dec. 15, 2014 at the ancestral forest of the indigenous Obu Manuvu tribe here.

The giant raptor was fitted with a radio VHF transmitter for tracking purposes and was observed to have been doing well in the wild until last Sunday when he was brought back to the center.

Carlos Dominguez, Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) chairman, said Matatag is responding well to medication but was alarmed with what happened.

He stressed that there are now only less than 500 pairs of Philippine Eagles, including the 34 kept at the Malagos center and those sighted in the wild in the forests of Mindanao, Samar, Leyte and the Cordilleras.

PEF executive director Dennis Salvador said the incident underscores the continuing decline in the endangered Eagle population even in the most protected territories.

He called on Filipinos to be more involved in the protection of Philippine raptors, saying, “We cannot be complacent – that the protection of our national bird cannot be left to our forest guards but should be the responsibility of everyone.”

Joshua Donato, PEF senior field biologist, established the raptor’s identity after checking on the bird’s leg band while resident veterinarian Anna Lascano immediately performed treatment.

It appeared that Matatag fractured his right wing after the x-ray showed scattered pieces of bones and shrapnel.

Donato charged the Aparesio brothers, who are detained at the Baguio police station, for violating Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

Source: The Philippine Star

Philippines: Philippine Eagle ‘Matatag’ survives third shooting

(Edited: the carcass will be sent to an autopsy tomorrow).

A small (probably) Melon-headed Whale was found dead at the coast of Dahican beach at 17:30 on Feb 25, 2016.

Length: 153cm, approx weight: 30kg.

Its details were documented and the body was buried in the sand by Amihan Sa Dahican team.

Source: Makoto Barrow Facebook

A 1.53m Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) stranded dead at Dahican beach, Mati, Davao Oriental today. The carcass was buried.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

We thank Benjamin Lee and Raem Tan from NParks for notifying us of a Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) carcass this morning in the Mandai area.

Preliminary inspection shows broken scales and bruises that indicate vehicular impact as the cause of death. The carcass has been recovered by the museum, and analysis of its stomach contents would tell us more about the diet of Pangolins as part of an existing research project.

If you see dead wildlife, do not let them die in vain, as they are valuable for science. Please alert us here.

Source: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Facebook

ENDANGERED – A veterinarian administers medicine on ‘Matatag,’ the Philippine Eagle which was shot in the wild last Sunday.
Photo: Philippine Eagle Foundation

Philippines: Brothers surrender after shooting ‘Matatag’
By Jonathan A. Santes, 24th February 2016;

Two brothers were jailed for shooting an endangered Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) named “Matatag” last Sunday in Barangay Tambobong, Baguio District, Davao City.

Police identified them as Tiburcio, 24, and Rolando Aparesio 18, both residents of Sitio Mangas of the same district.

The two voluntarily surrendered to Bagiuo Police Station last Monday after a witness pinpointed them as the ones who shot and wounded Matatag, a captive Eagle that was released to the wild by the Philippine Eagle Foundation sometime January 2015.

Police report gathered by Manila Bulletin said Tiburcio immediately brought the wounded Eagle to the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Malagos, Calinan where it is now being cared for.

Baguio Police Station commander Leonardo Pamplona said Tiburcio mistook Matatag as the one preying on their farm chickens, and when he saw the Eagle in their vicinity, he shot it using a .22-caliber rifle and hit the Eagle’s wing.

The Philippine Eagle has a wing span of up to two meters and is also known as one of the three largest and most powerful Eagles in the world.

The bird was declared as protected in the Philippines under Republic act 6147 promulgated by the Philippine government in 1970.

It carries a penalty of imprisonment up to 12 years and a fine amounting to P1million.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Matatag was brought to the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) center for treatment

Philippines: Philippine Eagle shot in Davao

By Ben O. Tesiorna, 24th February 2016;

Another Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was shot in Tambobong, Baguio District in Davao City on Sunday (February 21), just six months after Philippine Eagle Pamana died from gunshot wounds in Davao Oriental.

The recently shot Eagle named Matatag is still alive and was brought by a certain Tiborcio Solis to the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) center on Monday (February 22).

Matatag is now recovering from his shattered right wing, PEF Executive Director Dennis Salvador said.

It was learned that Matatag was released back in the wild just over a year ago.

The Eagle is said to be in the dispersal stage where it is independent of parental care and wanders until it reaches sexual maturity.

PEF to file case vs. suspect

Solis’ brother, Rolando, confessed to having shot Matatag. He surrendered to authorities in Baguio District, Davao City.

Salvador said they will file a case against the suspect.

Last August 2015, Pamana was shot and killed in San Isidro, Davao Oriental by an unidentified shooter.

The Philippine Eagle is already a critically-endangered species, with only an estimated 400 pairs left in the wild.

CORRECTION: Matatag was shot in Tambobong, Baguio District and not in Malagos as we initially reported.

Source: CNN Philippines