Philippine pangolin. Photo source: http://www.edgeofexistence.org/species/philippine-pangolin/

The pangolin found by residents of Ayala Alabang Village roaming the exclusive subdivision last August 16 was flown back to Palawan, an area in the Philippines where pangolins are endemic. 

Cebu Pacific transported the Philippine pangolin, which residents named “Pandi” since it was discovered during the COVID pandemic,  back to Palawan. 

Pandi was flown to Palawan via CEB flight 5J 643 on August 21.

The animal, a species uniquely covered in tough, overlapping scales and particularly eats ant and termites, weighs almost 5 kilograms. Although scared of the environment, it was also found healthy having a full belly.

According to environmentalist Anna Varona, who was contacted by the residents, Pandi was likely poached to be eaten or sold.

The male pangolin was surrendered to the animal authorities and it underwent further medical inspection before it was flown back to Palawan.

The repatriation of Pandi reflects both the operational and social service of Cebu Pacific, which continues to hold Bayanihan flights that fly overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“We thank everyone who helped in sending Pandi back home. The Cebu Pacific team handled Pandi like a pet and with utmost care,” said Cebu Pacific Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist Roxanne Gochuico, who coordinated the return of Pandi to Palawan.

Pandi was the second pangolin to be rescued by authorities. In 2018, a pangolin named “Panggoy” was also discovered in Ayala Alabang Village but died while waiting for its repatriation.

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