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    Posted January 28, 2014 by
    Davao City, Philippines

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    Accident inside eagle sanctuary kills one


    By Ben O. Tesiorna

    An accident inside the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos, Davao City resulted to the unfortunate death of one of the Philippine eagles inside the sanctuary last January 19.

    In a statement, the Philippine Eagle Foundation said that a "rain-sogged vines wrapped around a tree branch fell on a roost perch Sunday night killing Philippine Eagle Arakan". Aside from Arakan's demise, the aviary worth P700,000 was also destroyed.

    It was only the day after when the bird's carcass was discovered by the staff. The bird was pinned to death by a galvanized iron pipe. The bird was discovered with its right claw still holding on to its perch indicating that it must have died instantly upon impact. Post-mortem examination shows bruises on the bird’s head and upper torso.

    The eagle died of internal hemorrhage as evidenced by the blood clot around its nares or nostrils. Despite the nature of death, there are no signs of fracture on its bones, head, neck, shoulders, rib cage, spine, and legs.

    It was learned that eagles cannot see during the night. The Philippine Eagle Center houses 36 Philippine eagles, including Arakan, 18 of which are captive-bred.

    The accident was brought about by the continuous rain experienced by Davao Region for the past three weeks due to the low pressure area and tropical depression Agaton.

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