‘Geothermica,’ the PH eagle in Singapore, dies from infection

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) – “Geothermica,” the Philippine male eagle that was sent to Singapore under a breeding program, has died due to an infection, the zoo that housed the bird announced on Friday.

“We are heartbroken to share that our 19-year-old male Philippine Eagle, Geothermica, passed away [on Thursday],” Mandai Wildlife Group said in a statement.

“X-rays taken earlier showed severe infection in his lung, leading to a guarded prognosis,” the Philippine Embassy in Singapore announced Friday,” it added.

In 2019, Geothermica and female Philippine Eagle “Sambisig” were transported from the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City to Singapore in 2019 under a Wildlife Loan Agreement between the Philippines and the Mandai Wildlife Reserve.

The 10-year renewable conservation breeding agreement is part of the Golden Jubilee celebration of the establishment of bilateral relations of the Philippines and Singapore.

“We are deeply saddened by Geothermica’s passing,” the Philippines Eagle Foundation said Saturday on a social media post.

“Let us remember Geothermica for his huge contribution as a Species Ambassador in Singapore where over 1.2 million guests from around the world experienced the majesty of the Philippines’ national symbol and how important global cooperation is to save its kind,” it also said.

According to the Philippines Eagle Foundation, there are an estimated 392 pairs of Philippine Eagles left.