5-month old Philippine hawk-eagle rescued in Leyte

By Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN Tacloban

Posted at Aug 19 2009 09:45 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2009 05:45 AM

TACLOBAN CITY- A 5-month old Philippine hawk-eagle was recovered by officials of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) of Palo town from a resident of Burauen town in Leyte province.

The resident said he was taking care of the bird but when Cenro officials received information on the eagle, they decided to recover it.

The Philippine hawk-eagle, known by its scientific name Nisaetus philippensis is a specie of the bird of prey, said Tito Simbulan chief of the Park and Wildlife Protection Unit of Cenro-Palo.

The bird which is also known in the local dialect as "Banug" can reportedly be seen in some rainforests in Leyte and Samar.

Since the bird is only 5 months old, it will be taken cared off by the Cenro officials. It will however be returned later to its natural habitat.

The Philippine hawk-eagle is also considered an endangered specie and is provided protection by Republic Act (RA) 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation And Protection Act.

"RA 9147 says that hunting, possession or maltreatment, transporting and other illegal acts [in relation to this endangered specie] is prohibited, violators will be punished," Simbulan said.

Environment officials meanwhile advised the public to report to authorities should they witness acts of hunting or maltreatment of any wildlife. By Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN Tacloban