Abe adopts ‘Sakura’
DAVAO CITY – The financial upkeep of “Sakura,” the juvenile Philippine Eagle, which Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe adopted in formal ceremonies yesterday, could amount to 1125,000 a year or ¥289,600.
This was disclosed by Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) Executive Director Dennis Salvador, who said that the non-profit organization was also hoping for improved partnership with Japanese counterparts to further research efforts on endangered species like the Philippine Eagle.
Salvador said that the partnership between the Philippines and Japan will "an opportunity to really enforce the Philippines' Wildlife Act," adding that there was a need for the country's officials to be vigilant on pressing for the protection of endangered animals.
There are currently 36 Philippine Eagles at the PEF facility in Malagos, Davao City, with each already adopted by a benefactor, which now includes the Japanese Prime Minister.
According to Salvador, “Sakura,” named after the Japanese cherry blossom, was rescued in the Pantaron Range in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, last December after it was found limping on the forest floor.
The eagle could not fly, and had a pellet gun wound in the groin.
The official rued that the Sakura’s wound was already an old injury, and that the perpetrator could no longer be identified.
Salvador said the eagle was two years old, and a female juvenile. Eagles reach full maturity at five years old.
"The bullet is still embedded in the tissue, so we're still assessing. Baka delikado. Sa ibang muscle, pwede pa tanggalin," he said.
The eagle has already undergone several x-rays, which showed the extent of her injury.
This explained why “Sakura” was not present during the ceremonial naming that was attended by Abe and President Duterte.