Critically endangered Philippine Eagle found killed

2015-08-19 11:30

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Manila - Conservationists say a rare Philippine Eagle released to the wild two months ago has been found killed in a southern Philippine forest in a tragic end after she was nursed back to health from gunshot wounds three years ago.

Only about 400 adult pairs are estimated left of the Philippine Eagle, which is endemic to the Philippines. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature classifies the species as "critically endangered."

Dennis Salvador of the Philippine Eagle Foundation said Wednesday that the carcass of the eagle was retrieved Sunday in the Mt Hamiguitan range in southern Davao Oriental province, with a gunshot wound to her chest.

The foundation released the bird back to the wild on June 12, Philippine Independence Day, not far from where its carcass was found.

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