Concerned citizens turn over Palawan Bearded Pig, Asian Box Turtle, and King Cobra to PCSDS

by | Mar 29, 2022

One Juvenile Palawan Bearded Pig (๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ด), one Asian Box Turtle (๐˜Š๐˜ถ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ด), and one King Cobra (๐˜–๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฉ) were turned over by concerned citizens to the PCSDS DMD North-Taytay Office, PCSDS-Wildlife Trafficking Monitoring Unit Puerto Princesa City Airport Sub-Office, and District Management Division (DMD) Calamian-Coron Office, on March 24-25, 2022, respectively

The Palawan Bearded Pig was turned over by Mr. Michael Huerto of Barangay Liminangcong, Taytay, Palawan, to the PCSDS DMD North-Taytay Office on March 24, 2022. Mr. Huerto informed Mr. Rafael Flores Orubia, the PCSDS-Taytay Wildlife Trafficking Monitoring Officer (WTMO), that said wildlife species was under his possession and was sold to him by a certain individual in Sitio Binaluan, Bgy. Liminangcong. Mr. Huerto voluntarily surrendered the wildlife species after Mr. Orubia informed him that possessing and taking care of such wildlife species is prohibited under the Wildlife Act.

The Southeast Asian Box Turtle was retrieved by Ms. Ma. Analyn Fernandez, the PCSDS Wildlife Trafficking Monitoring Officer (WTMO) stationed at Puerto Princesa City Airport Sub-office, from Ms. Mylene Pescasio of Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City on March 24, 2022. Ms. Fernandez contacted Ms. Pescasio after seeing the latterโ€™s Facebook post inquiring where such wildlife species should be turned over to. Ms. Fernandez immediately went to Ms. Pescasioโ€™s area to retrieve the turtle on March 24, 2022. The turtle was released back to its natural habitat at 12:25 PM on the same day.

The King Cobra was turned over by Mr. Monchin V. Ormido of Sitio Pali, Barangay 6, Coron, Palawan to the District Management Division (DMD) Calamian-Coron Office on March 25, 2022.

Said snake was found by Mr. Ormido while the dogs inside his home were chasing it. A concerned citizen reported the incident on Facebook for the appropriate authorities to retrieve the snake. When the Coron Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) saw the aforementioned online post, they immediately sought assistance from the DMD Calamian-Coron office to rescue the wildlife species on the same day. Shortly, a joint operation composed of the PCSDS DMD Calamian-Coron office and the Coron MDRRMO was dispatched to rescue the wildlife.

Following consultation and coordination with Dr. Glenn Rebong of the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC), the snake was found to be in good shape and fit for release in the wild.

With the assistance of the Coron MDRRMO, the DMD Calamian-Coron Staff released the snake back to its natural habitat on March 25, 2022, at 3:20 PM.

The King Cobra measures 335 cm and weighs 3.8 Kilograms.

The Palawan Beaded Pig, Asian Box Turtle, and King Cobra are listed as โ€œEndangered Speciesโ€ under the 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.