‘Agaton’ rains kill rare PH eagle


A rare Philippine eagle, whose species is on the brink of extinction, was killed in a conservation group’s breeding center when a branch fell on its cage, the center said Saturday. The 15-year-old male bird, named ‘Arakan’, was one of about 250 adult Philippine eagles remaining, according to the Swiss-based International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which lists the species as “critically endangered”. Days of non-stop rain caused the huge branch of a tree to fall on Arakan’s cage at the Philippine Eagle Foundation’s center in the southern island of Mindanao, crushing the raptor on January 18, the foundation said. The eagle, also known as the ‘Monkey-eating Eagle’, is one of the largest birds of prey in the world and is the most critically endangered of all the world’s raptors, the IUCN says on its website.


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