Rescued eagle refuses food, dies

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Sunday, June 29, 2014


ONE of the 10 endangered birds rescued during a buy-bust in San Roque, Talisay City ast Friday died yesterday morning.

Capitol chief security officer Loy Madrigal said one of the Philippine hawk eagles was weak and refused to eat due to stress.

Earlier, Madrigal received information from a friend about the illegal selling of endangered birds.

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He then started communicating with the sellers.

Madrigal and other officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted the buy-bust.

Seized from two vendors were six cockatoos, two Philippine hawk-eagle, a serpent eagle and a juvenile brown amethyst dove.

Since no one can take care and feed them, Madrigal decided to bring the birds to his residence in Barangay Busay.

There, the weak eagle refused to eat.

Madrigal said the bird was stressed after a long travel.

Buried

He said they just buried the dead bird within Busay.

The officer and the rest of the provincial service security unit was supposed to conduct a follow-up operation to trace who the supplier of the birds was.

But Madrigal said they failed to do it because the supplier, who is believed to be from Mindanao, no longer transacted business with the two vendors whose name were broadcast after their arrest.

He said some of the birds came from Indonesia and Palawan.

Madrigal said they are still planning their next move.

The two vendors are detained at the Capitol’s holding cell.

Madrigal said the illegal sellers were cooperative with them in identifying the supplier.

Today, Madrigal and personnel from the DENR will file a case against the vendors.

The birds were seized based on Section 27 of Republic Act 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

Listed as illegal in this law are “collecting, hunting or possessing wildlife, their by-products and derivatives...and transporting of wildlife.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 30, 2014.

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