Japan adopts Philippine eagle named Sakura

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The Japanese Government has adopted an injured 2-year old Philippine eagle and named it Sakura. Sakura is Japan’s national tree cherry blossoms.

Philippine Eagle Foundation Inc. executive director Dennis Salvador said Sakura was rescued in Talaingod, Davao del Norte last year after sustaining gunshot injury. He said the juvenile eagle is still recuperating until now with the bullet still embedded in its groin area.

With the adoption, Salvador said, the Japanese government pledges to donate at least P125,000 annually for Sakura’s rehabilitation and sustenance for the next five years

He said the amount will be a big help to Sakura’s rehabilitation. Salvador said they are still assessing if the eagle would undergo operation to take the bullet out or they will just leave it there for good.

He said taking out the bullet could do more harm than good since it is already embedded in the eagle’s tissues.

The ceremonial eagle naming was held here at the Waterfront Insular Hotel immediately after the meeting of Japanese Prime Minister with the business sectors this morning.

It was learned that the eagle naming was instigated by the Philippine Government which Japan readily accepted. PM Abe and President Rodrigo Duterte personally attended the event before having lunch.

After lunch, Abe and his delegation went to the Japanese learning institution — Mindananao Kokusai Daigaku in Angliongto Avenue before proceeding to the airport for his trip to Australia and Indonesia for more round of state visits.

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