The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) warns the public not to harm endangered animals, like the hornbills that migrated to nearby communities after the volcanic ashfall from the Taal Volcano.

“Ang Taal Volcano po, ‘yang lugar na pong ‘yan ay protected area so we expect na maraming endangered species diyan lalo na po ‘yung mga ibon,” Benny Antiporda, Environment undersecretary said in a press conference. “May mga hornbill din po diyan. Noong umalog po’yung lupa, itong mga hayop na ito ang unang lumipad patungo sa mainland na nakikita ng tao,”

Locally known as “kalaw,” the hornbills are known for their prominent beaks. Though they look intimidating, scary and dangerous, Antiporda reiterates the need the save the endangered animal along with the others, and keep them safe.

“Huwag po nating sasaktan o gagalawin. We need to save ‘yung endangered species na ‘yan. Matagal po nating inalagaan ‘yan para huwag maging extinct,” he said.

Antiporda advised the public to leave the animals alone. If you do find a hurt species, you could surrender them to the nearest DENR office.

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