A Philippine eagle bred in captivity died last week from infection known as trichomoniasis and aspergillosis which are fatal to raptors.
His death was announced by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF).
Pag-asa would have turned 29 years old on Jan. 15. In 1992, he was hatched through the conservation breeding efforts for his species which was listed as critically endangered by the International Union Conservation of Nature, PEF said.
Pag-asa had its first and only offspring named Mabuhay and he was also bred and hatched through cooperative artificial insemination technique.
The Philippine eagle was declared the country’s national bird in 1995 and was among the largest and most powerful forest raptors which could only be seen in Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Samar.
To date, there are only approximately 400 pairs left in the wild due to human causes such as hunting and deforestation.
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