Manila: Bayawak Captured in Quezon City

Published by Daryll Villena on

Sharing is caring!

Where to surrender or donate “Bayawak” and other wild animals?

Community or government agencies?




Monitor Lizard also known as “Bayawak” and Komodo Dragon is familiar to places where there’s vegetation or habitat is conducive enough to sustain the lives of animals. “Monitor lizard a large tropical Old World lizard with a long neck, narrow head, forked tongue, strong claws, and a short body. Monitors were formerly believed to give warning of crocodiles.” The bayawak is also known as komodo dragon.

Komodo dragon (Family Varanidae and genus Varanus)
noun – a heavily built monitor lizard that captures large prey such as pigs by ambush. Occurring only on Komodo (a small island in Indonesia, in the Lesser Sunda Islands, situated between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. It is home to the Komodo dragon) and neighboring Indonesian islands, it is the largest living lizard.

Last May 2012, Manila, particularly Quezon City was hit with un-ending rains the whole week. We saw an almost 3.5 feet (from head to tail measurement) bayawak roaming around our back window and eventually walk-in an opening inside the kitchen area, oh my, due to excitement I ran upstairs to get my mobile camera to capture the slimy lizard. The back area of the house is located at the stud farm of the Zuzuaregue’s and if I’m right by Don Mariano’s. And the reason why that bayawak chooses to enter our house, we have african love birds breeds in the area where he was terribly attracted.

http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af67/daryll_dial/deiville/bayawak-deiville-green-dei-01.jpg

The monitor lizard was captured alive by the security guards of the village, I posted an image in Facebook and most animal-concerned citizens would recommend donating either to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) or Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB). I empathize with their logic of where to bring wild forms of animals in cases like this. We caught the bayawak around 9:00 pm already, it’s been in the house playing hide and seek for 8 hours. To make things short, the people who were able to capture the bayawak brought it with them, we believe they must have been cooked and eaten . They say it’s a good delicacy and food medicine.

The thing with branches of government, some are mindless and don’t have the slightest idea how corrupt our system is. Where do we place our respect and trust?  Instead of giving the “bayawak” to DENR or PAWB which is the proper way, we dare not. Unknown to many, the people who manage those departments are rampant “bayawaks“, we Filipinos brand them for being “looters”, with bribery and all sorts of “buwaya” (crocodile) attitude. How are we sure these donated animals will be in good hands? No one ones, you would think – the animal is taken care of, all crap! These people have direct contacts with wild animal collectors here in the Philippines and even in the Asian regions, where they sell the captured wild animals at very high cost.

http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af67/daryll_dial/deiville/bayawak-deiville-green-dei-02.jpg

Our ALBs (African LoveBirdS) organization has “bayawak” dealing with the DENR people, yes these birds grow in the wild – breeding alone costs a fortune. These bayawaks in most cases visit your aviary for “inspection” but apart from that they would even ask for FREE birds and mind you they know how to identify costly and high-end ALBs, not just one or two birds  per inspector but whole bunches! They’ve learned enough and know the value of these wild forms. “Kapal ng mukha“. These breeders consumed money, time, and research studies on how to achieve wild forms, but the bayawaks they came as they pleased, the “lagay” (bribe) system is very much active.

Another case I remember was documented by local news channel, was when they give permit to cut trees at Arroceros Park with then bayawak mayor Lito Atienza and the recently cutting of old-age (World War II era) trees in the compound of JAM bus station in Cubao Quezon City to make way for the buses parking area. They had given legit permission on it, why did it push through when they were the one who was supposed to protect the environment? It’s now under investigation, no matter how many investigations (they can still get away with it) and complaints the community makes, it’s useless — they can NO longer put those trees up!

DeiVille.com, created by Green Dei (Daryll Villena)
Write us at deiville.com(at)gmail(dot)com for tips on digital branding , entrepreneurship, consumerism, parenting, health talk, women talk, Pinoy travels and Manila lifestyle.

If you find this post helpful, informative or entertaining, feel free to SHARE it.
Get instant updates from deiville.com on:
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube

I’d love to know what you think about this post. Feel free to leave your comment.
I do reply to each of your messages or questions so please come back if you’ve left one.

Disclosure: DeiVille receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain web links in exchange for payment. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend, discuss, or introduce products/services/businesses I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers.

 


Daryll Villena

Co-founder of Echo Manila trio, website and content creator from Manila, Philippines. She is ardent in taking challenging projects that will help small and medium businesses bridge relationship gaps by providing in-depth content strategy, thoughtful design with actionable advice on business development, digital incubation, growth hacking, among other things. (When she’s not spending Saturdays with manga/anime discussions, feeding her wiener dog, mini pins and African lovebirds.) Follow her on Twitter via @greendei

2 Comments

Leanne · September 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

It’s very easy to find out any matter on net as compared to books, as I found this article at this web page.

here · November 13, 2012 at 1:57 am

For latest news you have to go to see internet
and on the web I found this web site as a finest web
site for most recent updates.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *