It’s not everyday you encounter a species close to extinction.
But, when I first saw the shot below, I didn’t know what I was looking at exactly.
What do you think?
In case you’re unsure of what you’re seeing like I was, that’s a monkey being carried away on its ass by a bird.
More specifically, it shows the critically endangered Philippine Eagle returning from a hunt with a Long Tailed Macaque securely (and awkwardly) in its talons. The photo was taken by conservation biologist Kahlil Panopio from the Haribon Foundation during a research expedition in Nueva Ecija last May 2014.
When I asked Kahlil how he felt after that moment he said:
“I was shaking with excitement when I saw what I had taken a picture of. No one has ever seen it here in over 36 years.”
I found out later that Kahlil had even more reason to have a celebratory shiver because…