A juvenile Philippine eagle was recently rescued from a trap that was originally set for chickens in a forest in Maslog, Eastern Samar.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional 8 (DENR 8) received reports of the incident about the three-year-old eagle found in Carayacay village.

A farmer’s son brought the eagle to Maslog Vice Mayor Septemio Santiago, who then reported it to the DENR through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Dolores, who has jurisdiction in the area.

The eagle was named “Maslog E.S.” and was assessed by a team from the DENR Regional Office and Biodiversity Management Bureau, along with representative vets and technical staff from the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF).

Maslog E.S. was said to be in a good condition, and will be turned over to the PEF Center for further examination and rehabilitation.

When he has fully recovered, experts said they will release Maslog E.S. back to his natural habitat in the said town.

“The rescue of Maslog E.S. once again confirms the presence of this critically endangered species in Eastern Samar,” Crizaldy Barcelo, DENR 8 director, said. “Its presence in our region is a testament that we still have healthy forests which we need to sustainably manage and protect.”

A nesting site was earlier recorded in Eastern Samar this year.

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