DAVAO CITY — An injured Pawikan believed to be an Olive Ridley, is now recuperating at the Cleanergy Park of Davao Light and Power Company in Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, this city.
The Pawikan, which was found with injuries along the shore of Barangay Bucana last March 6 by barangay captain Rolando Trahera, was the second found in Bucana. Trahera turned the Pawikan to Davao Light Community Relations Manager Fermin Edillon.
According to Trahera, the Pawikan was said to be trapped in the fishnet of the local fisher folks and its flipper was wounded in the process of setting it free. Then they immediately brought the Pawikan to the Cleanergy Park.
The Davao Light team immediately gave first aid treatment to the turtle’s wound by putting on antiseptic. Afterwards, the team in coordination with the DENR XI and its national office brought the Pawikan to the veterinarian, Dr. Ken Anthony Lao, for thorough assessment and treatment.
Based on the result of the physical examination, the Pawikan needs to be temporarily kept in the Cleanergy Park until its flipper self-heals with proper medication as prescribed by the veterinarian, and food intake.
Once the Pawikan fully recuperates, it will be released to the sea where it belongs.
“This injured Pawikan is the fourth Pawikan that is temporarily placed in the Cleanergy Park to give it proper care until it recovers enough to continue its journey to the sea” said Edillon. PNA/northboundasia.com