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First captive-bred Philippine eagle sires offspring

Published on Feb 14, 2013 1:45 PM
 

MANILA (AFP) - The first Philippine eagle bred in captivity has sired her first offspring, in what conservationists said Thursday was a small victory in efforts to save one of the world's rarest raptors.

The bird was hatched after a dramatic wait on Feb 9 at the Philippine Eagle Foundation in the southern island of Mindanao, the group's executive director Dennis Salvador told AFP.

"This is a triumph for the Philippine Eagle, but there is still a long way to go to for these majestic creatures to grow in number in the wild," Mr Salvador said.

"It (the bird) is in very good condition, although we had a very problematic hatch - we waited with baited breath for it to finally come out of the shell," he said.

 
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