One dark morph Dog-toothed Cat Snake and one White-bellied Sea Eagle retrieved in El Nido, Palawan

by | Jan 21, 2022

One dark morph Dog-toothed Cat Snake (π˜‰π˜°π˜ͺ𝘨𝘒 𝘀𝘺𝘯𝘰π˜₯𝘰𝘯) and one White-bellied Sea Eagle (𝘏𝘒𝘭π˜ͺ𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘡𝘢𝘴 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘀𝘰𝘨𝘒𝘴𝘡𝘦𝘳) were retrieved in El Nido, Palawan on January 17 and January 18, 2022, respectively.

The dark morph Dog-toothed Cat Snake was turned over by Mr. Hero Jeff Isidro of the DENR-PAMO to the PCSDS-Wildlife Trafficking Monitoring Office-El Nido on January 17, 2022.

According to Mr. Isidro, the said snake was rescued by Mr. Jason Amascual, staff of Ten Knot Philippines Inc, from Lio Estate Resort. Mr. Amascual then handed over the snake to the DENR-PAMO on January 15, 2022.

Meanwhile, the White-bellied Sea Eagle was retrieved through a joint operation of the PCSDS-District Management Division (DMD)-North, PCSDS-Wildlife Trafficking Monitoring Office and DENR-Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) in Sitio Legad, Bgy. Teneguiban, El Nido, Palawan on January 18, 2022.

A concerned citizen reported a certain Ms. Luming B. Cornelio’s possession of the wildlife species, which prompted the retrieval operation on the same day. Ms. Cornelio stated in an interview that she found the bird, which she named “Banog,” at Tandol cliffside in Sitio Legad, Bgy. Teneguiban in June 2021. At that time, the bird’s wings were injured, so she took care of it and nursed it back to health.

The dark morph Dog-toothed Cat snake, which is in good shape, has a length of approximately 200 cm. The White-bellied Sea Eagle has a wingspan of 163 cm, a length of 57 cm, and a weight of about 1 Kg.

The snake was released back to its natural habitat on January 17, 2022. The bird was brought to the DENR-PAMO Diver’s House on January 18, 2022, and will be transported to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC).

The Dog-toothed Cat Snake and the White-bellied Sea Eagle are both listed as β€œEndangered 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 other concerns.