The Palawan Council for Development Staff (PCSDS) recently released back into the wild a mother pangolin ang her young offspring that was rescued by a corn farmer in Barangay Luzviminda, Puerto Princesa City.
According to Jovic Fabello, spokesperson of the PCSD, the pangolin pair were spotted by a certain Antonio Cuino while he was working on his corn farm with his father. Knowing that the animal is hunted by poachers around their area, Cuiino decided to rescue the animals and turn them over to authorities.
Fabello said the pangolins were in good health when they received them and had them immediately released in an undisclosed location far away from where they were found.
“Ayon kay Mr. Cuino, noong malaman ng mga tao sa paligid niya na may mga pangolin siya, tinanatong siya kung puwede bang bilhin ang mga iyon sa kanya,” Fabello.
“Ibig sabihin, alam talaga ng mga tao ang market value ng mga pangolin. Mabuti na lang talaga na alam ni Mr. Cuino na endangered ang pangolins kaya’t nai-turn over sa amin. Aware din kasi siya kung ibebenta niya, makakasuhan siya,” he added.
After rescuing the animals, Cuino’s wife called the PCSDS-Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (WTMU) and the pair were turned over to the council on the afternoon of June 28.
“It is a good sign na nakakita kami ng mother and baby kasi ibig sabihin na healthy pa ang population ng mga pangolins sa wild. At nakikita rin namin, sa dami ng mga naitu-turn over sa PCSDS, talagang tumataas na ang awareness ng mga tao sa halaga ng mga endangered species,” Fabello said.