Pag-Asa the Philippine Eagle, First Captive Born and Bred, Has Died

Pag-asa was a symbol of hope for conservationists.
Photo/s: Ted Aljibe, Agence France-Presse

Pag-asa, the first Philippine Eagle that was bred and hatched in captivity, has died, conservationists said Friday. The raptor would have turned 29 on Jan. 15.

The beloved monkey-eating eagle died of Trichomoniasis, a parasite infection and Aspergillosis, a fungal infection, the Philippine Eagle Foundation said in a statement. It expired at 8:03 p.m. of Jan. 6.

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Born 1992, Pag-asa was the first Philippine Eagle bred and hatched in captivity through cooperative artificial insemination, the foundation said.

FILE PHOTO: Pag-Asa the Philippine Eagle cast a striking look from his cage at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City on April 23, 2004. Romeo Gacad/Agence France-Presse
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Even after he retired from breeding, Pag-asa lived his life as an icon of hope for Filipinos, young and old, and was a constant inspiration to the people working tirelessly to save our National Bird from extinction," it said.

Pag-asa has one offspring, named Mabuhay.

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