Endangered Philippine eagle killed by falling branch
MANILA (AFP) - A rare Philippine eagle, whose species is on the brink of extinction, was killed inside a conservation group's breeding centre when a branch fell on its cage.
The 15-year-old male bird, named "Arakan", was one of about 250 adult Philippine eagles remaining according to the Swiss-based International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which lists the species as "critically endangered".
Days of non-stop rain caused the huge branch of a tree to fall on Arakan's cage at the Philippine Eagle Foundation's centre in the southern island of Mindanao, crushing the raptor on Jan 18, the foundation said.
Numerous large trees are planted inside the centre because the conservation group is "trying to simulate the natural environment of the eagles", said the foundation's communications officer Beauxy Auxtero.