Philippine eagle Pag-Asa now a father

Pag-Asa, the first Philippine eagle bred in captivity, is now a father.

Pag-Asa, the first Philippine eagle bred in captivity, is now a father at 21 years old.

 

Edith Regalado of the Philippine Star reports an eaglet "hatched at 1:55 a.m. on Feb. 9, about 48 hours after it began breaking out of its shell at the Philippine Eagle Center in Barangay Malagos, Calinan district in (Davao City)." The Philippine Eagle Foundation, which runs the center, said it held off on announcing the hatching to see if the eaglet survived.

 

The eaglet--produced through artificial insemination--did not have an easy hatching. While birds usually break through the egg shell from "the upper broad end", the eaglet was in the breech position. "In this case, the chick started to crack the shell on its side. That was why I decided to assist the chick - to keep it from hurting or even killing itself," Anna Mae Sumaya, PEF curator for conservation breeding, said.

 

The eaglet will be kept away from the public as it grows up. It is the 25th Philippine eagle  produced by PEF since 1992 and joins 34 eagles at the center. Conservationists estimate there are less than 1,000 Philippine eagles in the wild.

 

For more on this story, log on to PhilStar.com.

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