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Rare photo tells story of a Philippine Eagle who snatched up a monkey by its ass

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?

2 Philippine Eagles with a Monkey over Nueva Ecija
Someone’s having a bad day

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…

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