Philippine eagle Pamana shot dead

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Posted at Aug 19 2015 10:55 AM | Updated as of Aug 19 2015 08:41 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Philippine eagle Pamana was shot dead just two months after she was freed into her new forest home.

Kuya Kim assisting the release of Pamana last June 12.

Dennis Salvador of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) said Pamana was found rotting dead last Sunday, August 16.

Pamana, a three-year-old Philippine eagle, was found just one kilometer from Sitio Tomalite, Barangay La Union, San Isidro, Davao Oriental, the place where she was freed last June 12, Independence Day.

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Salvador said that based on initial investigation, Pamana sustained a gunshot wound on her right breast.

He said the people of PEF are very depressed upon learning the about the incident, especially because Pamana was killed in a place that's supposed to be a protected area.

Salvador said they have yet to identify the person behind the killing of Pamana, but said the suspect/s violated the Wildlife Act of 2002.

Pamana arrived at the Philippine Eagle Center in April 2012 from the Mt. Gabunan Range in Iligan City.

She was found by a local perched on a tree near a creek, appearing weak and docile with a gunshot wound.

PEF staff inspecting Pamana gunshot wound. Photo from Philippine Eagle Foundation

The Center took Pamana in. The eagle underwent a tedious rehabilitation process before she was released in the virgin forest of Mt. Hamihuitan, a UNESCO Heritage Site.

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Pamana roughly translates "heritage" or "legacy" in the Filipino language.

The eagle's remains were brought to the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos, Davao.

Pamana is just one of the last of about 400 Philippine eagles fighting for survival.