Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Jay Roa Pascual is calling for strong collaboration among the City Government, the DENR, the CLENRO, City Veterinary Office and Department of Education (DepEd) for a conservation program to protect one of the smallest primates in the world, the tarsier, after one was found hiding behind a TV monitor in a classroom in Barangay Besigan, this city.

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Last September 27, a kindergarten teacher at the Cadayonan Integrated School in Besigan, Cagayan de Oro City was about to connect the HDMI cable to a wall-mounted flat screen TV inside the classroom when he saw the tarsier which he initially mistakenly assumed as a mouse.

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photo: 102.5 Brigada News FM

However, after calling a fellow teacher, it was ascertained that it was a tarsier hiding. See photos below courtesy of Rey Carestia.

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Watch this radio interview below of one of the teacher who discovered the tarsier.

Councilor Pascual said this is not the first time a tarsier was discovered in Cagayan de Oro. He himself even got a tarsier given by children near his farm in Barangay Tignapoloan which is another hinterland area in the city. This was in 2019.

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In his report to the City Council, Pascual said tarsiers which are already endangered are very sensitive and that among the major cause of deaths among them is suicide.

His report was then referred to the Committee on Environment.

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