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Friday, January 13, 2017

Japan PM Shinzo Abe Adopts Philippine Eagle and Names it as "Sakura"


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The three largest eagles on the planet are the Steller's sea eagle, the Harpy eagle and the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga Jefferyi), a giant forest raptor endemic to the Philippines and was declared our national bird on July 15, 1995.

If you have the new Philippine passport, ypu can see that the graphics or illustration contained inside are the Philippine eagle, some tourist spots, the national anthem lyrics, and the Baybayin script.

During his two-day visit in the country, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe adopts a female juvenile Philippine Eagle and names it Sakura, a Japanese word that means "cherry blossoms." The PM was with his wife, Madam Akie Abe, and President Rodrigo Duterte during the naming ceremonies of the Philippine Eagle "Sakura" adopted by the Government of Japan.

Likewise, the Philippines' gift to PM Shinzo Abe is a stuffed toy representing "Sakura", the Philippine Eagle adopted by Japan. He was also given a framed photo of a Philippine eagle.

One of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world, the critically #endangered Philippine eagle, also known as the Great Philippine Eagle or Monkey-eating-Eagle, is a magnificent #bird! Critical because the Philippine eagle now has an estimated population of only 150-500 mature adults and it is declining. It is almost extinct. They only hatch an egg every 2 years. Harming this bird is punishable by up to 12 years in prison by Philippine Law. It was just recently added to the IUCN Red List of critically endangered species.

With a wingspan of 7 feet, I am amazed by how magnificently majestic this wonderful creature is. It has the longest talons in the world and has been known to prey on monkeys, dogs, civets and even deer. It is the only blue-eyed bird of prey in the world! It is known to symbolise power, integrity, strength and nobility. I believe that like the Philippine Eagle, the Filipinos can find the courage and strength to rise above all the terrifying obstacles and challenges.

The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization, announced the successful birth of the 28th eaglet bred in captivity and hatched at the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) in Malagos Baguio District, Davao City. The PEC is an 8.4-hectare area located at the foothills of Mt. Apo. It is open every day, even on holidays from 8am-5pm. Come and say hi to our Philippine Eagles and other raptors when you visit Davao!

Please also help in conserving the Philippine Eagle and its habitat by protecting our forest, we can all help save them and secure our future. A few months ago, the Philippine Eagle Foundation called for our support for our forest guards who are in dire need of backpack bags (may it be new or used) which are essential in biodiversity monitoring and foot patrolling.

We have 700 forest guards all over the Philippines - in Davao City, North Cotabato, Davao Oriental, Bukidnon, Zamboanga and in Apayao, Luzon. Currently, there is an urgent need to provide for the 175 forest guards in Davao City.

You may contact them through Facebook private message or email them at info@philippineeaglefoundation.org for your donations.
Queston: What do you call poop from a Philippine Eagle  
Answer: Endangered Feces

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