Pag-asa, the first Philippine Eagle succesfuly hatched and bred in captivity, has died just a few days shy of his 29th birthday.
According to the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) on Wednesday (Jan. 6), Pag-asa succumbed to infections from trichomoniasis and aspergillosis, two diseases which are fatal to raptors, also known as birds of prey.
The PEF said that treatment for his illness was made over a week ago, however, Pag-asa's health continued to deteriorate. The iconic Philippine Eagle which captured the hearts and imaginations of Filipinos when he was hatched in 1992, passed away at 8:03 p.m. Jan. 6, 2021.
More information on the Philippine Eagle and conservation efforts can be found at the PEF website.
(Images from the Philippine Eagle Foundation)