Driver almost hits tarsier passing the road in Davao

DAVAO CITY – A “habal-habal” (passenger motorcycle) driver almost ran over a young tarsier (Tarsius Syrichta) whie the endangered specie passed by along the road in Barangay Inayangan in Calinan district here on Sunday night.

Benjie Estorco could not immediately determine the kind of animal he almost hit on that night as he was going home and only decided to stop and catch the tiny being.

Bringing along with him the animal, he went straight to the Mintal sub-police station to endorse what he found that turned out to be a tarsier.

The police in turn endorsed the young endangered specie to the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Accordingly, tarsiers were already discovered in the past in the mountainous areas of Davao City, Davao del Norte, Sarangani Province, Bohol, Dinagat Islands, Leyte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, South Cotabato, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Samar, Basilan, Biliran, Maripipi and Bukidnon.

They live in both secondary and primary forest, from sea level up to 750 meters; fewer in secondary growth with many pole-sized trees and low-stature vegetation, as well as in gardens and habitats including agricultural areas and plantations; feeds on small lizards, frogs, and insec ts.

There is a Philippine law against those who are keeping tarsiers where they can be fined up to P1 million or will be imprisoned from six months to one year in violation of Republic Act 9147, or an Act Providing for the Conservation and Protection of Wildlife Resources. (ASA)

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