Abe adopts ‘Sakura’

Manila Bulletin - - Mindanao News - By YAS D. OCAMPO

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.

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