A dying male tarsier bravely fought for his life for 24 hours but succumbed to shock at a veterinary clinic on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 9:30 P.M.
The injured tarsier was brought to DYRD during the program “Patrol Balita” with Atoy Cosap by Herman Rada, a resident of Barangay Salvador, Cortes and was turned over to Juliet Paler, of the Technical Staff of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Bohol Enforcement Section by DYRD “Inyong Alagad” anchors Chito Visarra and Tibbs Bullecer during their radio program.
The tarsier was initially brought to the City Veterinarian’s Office and was given dextrose administered intravenously.
Later, the tarsier was brought to Dr. Gerry Egos, owner of the first animal clinic in Bohol, Egos Agrivet and Veterinary Clinic at 5:30 P.M.
Egos told DYRD Balita that the weakened tarsier was fed with medicated syrup and was given dextrose administered intravenously.
The tarsier responded to two resuscitation procedures applied by Egos but expired due to shock.
According to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Nestor Canda, the tarsier was hit by a hard object that caused broken ribs and limbs. Chances for survival was slim.
Canda told the Chronicle that they were considering bringing the tarsier to an animal hospital in Cebu but decided to avail of the facilities of the local vet clinics in the city for fear that the tarsier will die during transit to Cebu.
According to Rada, his sister, Mina Asiston, saw the tarsier on Monday evening lying on a rug on top of a table in their dining room and was observed to be gasping for air.
The house of Asiston is surrounded with thick foliage from trees and thickets which is the ideal habitat of the tarsier known locally as “mawmag” and is arboreal (tree living) and feeds on lizards and insects.
Asiston requested her brother to bring the tarsier to the DENR office but Rada decided to deliver the tarsier to DYRD, placed it inside his motorcycle helmet on his way to work in Tagbilaran City.
Tarsiers are now one of the must see tourist attractions in Bohol and have the rare distinction of rubbing elbows, so to speak with royalty in the person of Prince Charles during a symbolic presentation in Malacanang.
Known for his conservation advocacy, the tarsier was adopted by Prince Charles to drum up support for its protection and conservation. (Chito M. Visarra)