Pag-asa, the first-ever Philippine Eagle to be hatched and bred in captivity, has died. According to the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao City, the 28-year-old ‘succumbed to infections associated with Trichomoniasis and Aspergillosis’. Both diseases, caused by a type of parasite and fungus respectively, are fatal for raptors, also known as birds of prey.
‘Although treatment was done over a week ago, he continued to deteriorate and died at 8:03pm on January 6’, read a report.
Pag-asa, who was only a few days short of his 29th birthday on January 15, was the offspring of rescued eagles Diola and Junior. His birth via artificial insemination in 1992, which took fourteen years of research, gave hope to Philippine Eagle conservation efforts (thus the moniker). Since he was bred in captivity, Pag-asa was reliant on humans, and would’ve not survived in the wild.
The species is considered critically endangered, mostly due to deforestation, and the fact that they only lay a single egg every two years. In 2013, Pag-asa and his partner Kalinawan produced their own offspring, Mabuhay.