City Councilor Elgin Damasco turns over a mother and young Pangolin to PCSDS

by | Jan 26, 2021

Mother and young pangolin.
City Councilor Elgin Damasco with the turnover receipt for two pangolins.

A mother and young Philippine Pangolin (Manis culionensis) were turned over to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) on January 25, 2021 through the initiative of Puerto Princesa City Councilor Elgin Damasco.

The mother pangolin measures approximately 119 cm in length and its weight is 4.3 kg. The young pangolin measures 83 cm in length and weighed 4.3 kg.

City Councilor Damasco narrated that the said pangolins were given to him on January 24, 2021 by a certain member of the Tagbanua tribe while he was on his farm in Barangay Napsan, Puerto Princesa City.  According to him, the said person found the pangolins rolling up their bodies as the dogs were chasing after them in Sto. Niño, Brgy. Napsan, Puerto Princesa City. Seeing that the pangolins had suffered stress, he decided to turn them over to the PCSDS. He knew that with the agency, the said wildlife would be handled properly as their health and safety are of utmost importance.

Both the mother and young pangolin were given immediate treatment by Dr. Glenn G. Rebong, the on-call veterinarian of the PCSDS, to recover from the stress they incurred.

The Philippine Pangolin is listed as a “Critically Endangered Species” under PCSD Resolution No. 15-521. The PCSDS is urging persons who happen to find or rescue wildlife to turn them over to our office, which can be contacted thru hotline numbers 0935-116-2336 (Globe/TM) and 0948-937-2200 (Smart/TNT). You may also send a message to our Facebook page for your concerns.