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IN PHOTOS: 2 Philippine eagles arrive in Singapore

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IN PHOTOS: 2 Philippine eagles arrive in Singapore
The pair, 15-year-old male eagle Geothermica and 17-year-old female eagle Sambisig, will be staying for an indefinite amount of time at Singapore's Jurong Bird Park

MANILA, Philippines – The pair of Philippine eagles that the country is loaning to Singapore were flown there Tuesday, June 4, by plane, courtesy of the Philippine Airlines (PAL).

Fifteen-year-old male eagle Geothermica and 17-year-old female eagle Sambisig will be staying for an indefinite amount of time at Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park following the Philippines’ loan agreement with Wildlife Reserve Singapore. 

In a statement on Tuesday, PAL said that while it has a long experience in flying animals, this is the first time that it has carried a critically endangered specie. PAL itself sponsors a female Philippine eagle named Sinag. 

The Philippine government, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Philippine Eagle Foundation, loaned the pair to Singapore as a sort of “insurance policy” should anything threaten the remaining population.

OWN PASSPORTS. The Department of Foreign Affairs has also provided passports for Geothermica and Sambising before the pair were allowed to be sent to Singapore. Photo by Felicia Atienza

BOARDING. Kennels of Geothermica and Sambisig are loaded into the cargo belly of the PAL Airbus A330 aircraft that flew them to Singapore. Photo from Philippine Airlines

ALL SET. One of the eagles has its eyes covered to keep it from making unnecessary movements. Photo from the Philippine Eagle Foundation

FRAGILE. Key airport and cargo officials personally ensure the kennels of the two Philippine eagles are carefully loaded onto the PAL Airbus A330 jet that flew them to Singapore. Photo from Philippine Airlines

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