After separate incidents of wild animals found in different parts of Metro Manila, here comes another one: DENR authorities retrieved a Luzon hawk-owl in Caloocan City.
A concerned citizen tipped the agency on social media, reported that the owl landed hard on their roof and seemed to have sustained injuries.
The DENR-NCR relayed the information to their North Field Office in Navotas, who quickly assembled a team to retrieve the animal.
The team took the bird to the Wildlife Rescue Center at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City for temporary custody and care, pursuant to sections 28 and 32 of Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.
The Luzon hawk-owl, also known as the Ninox philippensis, is a species of owls in the family Strigidae, and is endemic to the country’s rainforests. These owls are usually found in forests across the central and northern islands of the Philippines.
Although the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considers the Luzon hawk-owl as a species of the least concern, the Updated National List of Threatened Fauna and their Categories lists hawk-owl species as either Endangered or Vulnerable.