PH eagle ‘Mal’lambugok’ rescued in Davao Oriental

Published August 5, 2020, 12:02 PM

by Ivy Tejano

DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Eagle Rescue and Release Team (PERRT) on Saturday, August 1, rescued a critically endangered Philippine eagle in Sitio Tagbanahao in Barangay Sobrecary, Caraga town in Davao Oriental province.

Reports said that the eagle, named “Mal-lambugok” was discovered trapped in the area after it attacked and ate some of the livestock at a farm. The eagle was already placed inside a birdcage before the Philippine Eagle Rescue and Release Team arrived at Tagbanahao.

Dr. Jayson C. Ibanez, a director for Research and Conservation of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), with the team’s research director Dr. Ana Lascano, veterinarian Tristan Senarillos, and biologists Rene Bacquiano and Emmanuel Tundag provided proper first aid and rehabilitation for the rescued eagle.

In an almost 25-minute video documentary on the rescue of Mal’lambugok, it said that the eagle was found to be healthy. The female eagle weighed 5.9 kilos, and was estimated to be one-year and seven months old.

Mal’lambugok was successfully rescued and brought to Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) in Calinan District in Davao City for further medical attention and examination, the rescue and release team said. It added that the eagle will be released back to the wild in one or two months.