Brahminy Kite rescued in Cotabato, turned over to environment officials

Published June 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Marjaleen Ramos

A Brahminy Kite was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday after being rescued by a concerned citizen in Cotabato City.

DENR/ FACEBOOK/ MANILA BULLETIN
DENR/ FACEBOOK/ MANILA BULLETIN

In a Facebook post, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Midsayap Officer Badjury H. Mustapha, said the bird of prey was rescued by Meilin Abigail Abang, a senior high school teacher of Notre Dame University in Cotabato.

Abang said that the bird descended on a clothes line near her house. “I know that it is endangered, that’s why I saved it and immediately notified our barangay officials and the DENR,” she said.

Abang, along with Barangay RH 4 Kagawad Muslimin Sela, immediately turned over the bird to the CENRO Midsayap Wildlife Enforcement Team.

Based on the inspection of the raptor’s features, DENR said it weighed around 600 grams, and was estimated to be one to two years old.

The agency believes the bird was domesticated due to the ring tag on its leg bearing the identification “Love Love Forever”.

Meanwhile, Mustapha advised the public not to capture and keep any wildlife species if they are in good condition.

“Let them live in their natural habitat. If they are injured, immediately notify the nearest office of the DENR,” he said.

Hunting, killing, illegal collection, possession, and trafficking of wildlife in the Philippines are punishable under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001, the agency noted.

 
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