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While walking within the system of Hedcor’s Sibulan Hydropower Plant A, Berny Apal of Brgy. Sibulan and his two companions were able to rescue a helpless three-year-old Pinsker’s hawk-eagle after they found it entangled in tree roots. It was noticed that the eagle was unresponsive, scrawny, and with an injured left eye.
The men brought the bird to Dr. Roberto Puentespina, Jr. for proper treatment and is now being nursed back to good health at the latter’s clinic. The community’s swift and appropriate response underscores the crucial role of local communities in wildlife protection. This also validates Hedcor’s information campaign on wildlife preservation among the Bagobo-Tagabawa host communities in Sta. Cruz.