Thailand: Another Raptor in need of Treatment
12th June 2016;
Last week we received a call from one of WFFT’s long-term supporters who had found a raptor in her garden very weak and unable to fly. Upon arrival the bird was identified as a juvenile Shikra (Accipiter badius). It seems that he may have lost his way after being injured. The WFFT Vet Team examined him, it was found that he has am injured wing, which is luckily not broken, and is severely under weight. He has been with us for a week now and becoming stronger, we hope that his wing will mend and he will be able to return back to the wild. We will keep you posted.
Thailand: Injured Infant Owl Brought in for Treatment
20th May 2016;
An injured juvenile Collared Scops Owl (Otus lettia) has been brought into the WFFT Wildlife Hospital after being found injured by one of our staff at the side of a road. He has a broken wing and broken leg. He is under treatment at the WFFT Wildlife Hospital, we will do everything in our power to try and save him.
Photos: Philippine Eagle Foundation
Philippines: Rescued Philippine Eagle released in Apayao
By , 2016;
A rescued Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was released into the wild in the province of Apayao recently.
According to DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Dr. Candido Tuscano, the female bird was rescued by a group of fishermen along the Tawit River in the municipality of Pudtol, Apayao on April 21 at around 10AM.
Based on the accounts of a fisherman Richard Tomas, they saw a large bird struggling to fly so they decided to rescue it. They turned over the bird to an employee of the Municipal Government of Pudtol identified as Teddy Zuniga, who informed DENR and the Philippine Eagle Foundation based in Calanasan, Apayao.
Provincial Veterinarian Ralph Verzon was asked by the PEF to inspect the bird and confirm its species. Upon confirmation that the bird was indeed a Philippine Eagle, PEF Director for Research and Conservation Dr. Jayson Ibanez together with the DENR officials brought the eagle to the Ranada General Hospital in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte to undergo diagnosis for fauna. The bird underwent X-ray exams which revealed that there was no bone fracture but has an airgun bullet in its right leg. However it did not have any new wounds meaning the bullet was there for quite some time.
The bird was brought at the Galves Pet Clinic also in Laoag City for other lab tests including DNA, CBC and WBC which showed that the bird was in good condition.
The bird weighing 5.5 kilograms was brought back to Pudtol, was tagged with a radio and a satellite transmitter to easily monitor its location, and was released into the wilderness of barangay Lydia on April 24.
Prior to its release, Pudtol Mayor Batara Laoat named the female eagle “Ingagan” which was meant for the preservation of the Ingagan clan of the Isnag including their indigenous culture and belief.
Laoat said that the presence of the Philippine Eagle might be due to the Nagan-Maton River Conservation System in the municipality. The program mixed with the Apayao custom ’lappat’, a practice where some zones of the forest and the river are prohibited for hunting and fishing because of the Isnag belief of the guardian anitos, proved to be effective in preserving the forest, water shed and became a habitat for different species, he said.
The Mayor calls for the participation of locals and even tourists not to disturb the habitats for preservation. “You can only observe, admire, but are not allowed to pick or get anything from certain zones in the forests and rivers because they are declared as lappat.”
The province of Apayao was dubbed as New Home of the Philippine Eagle in n 2015 following the discovery of their habitat in Calanasan, Apayao.
Source: Philippine Information Agency
We are grateful to the following benefactors who have helped made the latest eagle rescue and release in Apayao possible:
Ryan and Ana Remigio, and Jason Ranada of Ranada General Hospital in Laoag City; Vets Christopher George and Mary Jane Galvez of Laoag Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Candido Tuscano and Fredrick Ayongan of CENRO Calanasan, Apayao Provincial Vet Ralph Verzon, Apayao Governor Elias Bulut Jr and Vice-Governor Hector Pascua, Pudtol Mayor Batara Laoat, and Apayao Congresswoman Eleanor Bulut-Begtang.
The research and conservation of Philippine Eagles in Apayao is funded by San Roque Power Corporation and Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation
Photos: Philippine Eagle Foundation
Philippines: Philippine Eagle rescued, released in Apayao
25th April 2016;
An endangered female Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) has been rescued by local fishermen in Pudtol, Apayao, while in search for food at the Nagan river, a hall of fame awardee as the cleanest and greenest inland body of water in the country.
Provincial Tourism Officer Rebekah Tamaken-Mamba told the Philippine News Agency on Sunday (April 24, 2016) that a local fisherman identified as Richard Tumas of Aurora village, along with six others, saw a giant bird lose control while trying to catch an approximately four-kilo freshwater fish locally known as “carpa”, or carp (F. Cyprinidae). Its feathers got submerged into the river.
Though unknown to them that it was a rare Philippine Eagle, they immediately informed an employee named Teddy Zuniga at the Pudtol local government, who reported it to local authorities.
Mamba said the four-year-old Eagle was found and rescued on April 21 and released on Sunday morning to its natural habitat — the Agora wildlife sanctuary in Barangay Lydia.
Joining a group from the Philippine Eagle Foundation, who is actively monitoring the presence of giant raptors in Apayao province, including representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Provincial Veterinary Office, Local government unit of Pudtol and other local officials, Mamba said they were amazed to hear a “cry” of another Eagle as they released “Ingagan” on Sunday, barely two days after she was rescued.
Ingagan’s name was derived from the Nagan river where she was found and rescued.
Prior to the release, Ingagan was brought by local authorities to Laoag City for an x-ray examination because of an old wound found in the body. Results showed an air gun bullet inside the body but authorities said it can be outgrown over time.
Apayao residents take pride of its nature’s richness as the provincial government of Apayao continue to implement measures and programs to protect its environment while promoting various eco-tourism sites to provide alternative livelihood and investment.
Last year, a live nest of the Philippine Eagle was found in Calanasan town. There were also more sightings in Mt. Lambayo in Pudtol, and in Mt. Asi in Kabugao.
To date, the Calanasan town government placed at least 25,000 hectares of its forests under the lapat system to ensure the protection and preservation of its flora and fauna.
For a giant raptor like the Philippine Eagle, it takes about 13,000 ha of untouched forests as its exclusive territory, prompting the Apayao government to draft a long-term plan to ensure that this natural heritage is preserved for generations.
Source: Manila Bulletin
Sadly, it was too late for this Injured Owl…
Late yesterday this juvenile Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica) was brought into the WFFT Wildlife Hospital for urgent treatment. He had been found by a road the day before unable to move. He was taken to a vet for treatment close to where he was found then brought to us the following day. He had two broken wings and a broken leg, likely to have been caused by a collision with a vehicle. Sadly, this guy did not make, he passed away during the night, RIP little one.
Philippine Eagle Foundation personnel treat the wound suffered by Philippine Eagle Matatag, who was shot by a farmer a year after the Eagle was released to the wild.
Photo: Philippine Eagle Foundation
Philippines: Shooting shows danger still lurks for endangered Eagle
By Joselle R. Badilla, 26th February 2016;
Matatag, the rehabilitated Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) that was released to the wild last year, was wounded when shot by a farmer in a hinterland village in Baguio District here on Sunday.
The adult male Eagle was released in Mt. Apo last year. It moved 13 kilometers north from his release area to the territorial borders of the Obu Manuvu community in Barangay Carmen here.
On Sunday, however, a farmer brought the wounded Eagle to the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos, admitting that he shot it with a .22-cal. rifle.
The farmer, Tiburcio Aparesio, 24, said he accidentally shot the bird and brought it to the center after realizing it was an Eagle.
Dr. Anna Lascano, the center’s veterinarian, said the Eagle was wounded in the right wing.
Chief Insp. Leonardo Pamplona, Baguio District police precinct commander, said the center called the precinct about the Eagle being shot and the perpetrator bringing the Eagle to center.
Pamplona said police brought Aparesio to the precinct but on Monday, Aparesio’s younger brother, Rolando, claimed responsibility.
He said the brothers are detained at the precinct for violating Republic Act No. 9147, also known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
But the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) said a witness supported Rolando’s claim that it was he who shot the Eagle.
Matatag is still under observation, but appears to be responding well to medication, Lascano said.
A weak Matatag spent at least three years in rehabilitation at the center after it was turned over in 2011.
It was released more than a year ago to forests being claimed as ancestral land of the Obu Manuvu tribe.
Dennis Salvador, PEF executive director, said Matatag’s case underscores the continuing decline in population of the endangered Philippine Eagle even in supposedly protected areas.
Salvador called on people to be more involved in the protection of Philippine raptors.
“We cannot be complacent,” he said.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer