BALANGA CITY, Bataan — A farmer rescued a juvenile serpent eagle and turned it over to the Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) at the provincial capitol here on Monday.
ENRO chief Victor Ubaldo said the bird belongs to the Philippine Serpent Eagle species and is still very young.
“Hindi naman ito kasama sa endangered species pero ang population niya ay medyo pababa sabi ng DENR. Endemic ito sa Pilipinas (This is not among the endangered species but the population is a bit declining, according to the DENR. They are endemic in the Philippines),” he said.
Ubaldo said the serpent eagle can be seen in cleared forests in major islands of the Philippines.
“Ipapacheck natin sa veterinarian dahil sa ngayon medyo stressed at pagkatapos itu-turnover natin sa DENR (We will bring it to the veterinarian so that it will be checked. As of now, it is a bit stressed and then we will turn it over to the DENR),” Ubaldo said.
The DENR’s Bio Diversity Management Bureau will take care of the bird, he noted.
“Kapag may nakuhang ganito magandang i-turnover at huwag stress-in dahil ito ay indikasyon na maganda pa ang ating kalikasan, may nakikita pa tayong ganito (If we find something like this, it is better to turn it over and should never be stressed. Finding something like this is an indication that our natural resources are still good),” Ubaldo said.
Dr. Alberto Venturina, provincial veterinarian, along with two other veterinarians, thoroughly examined the body of the bird.
“Agad nahiwalay sa nanay. Walang sugat na nakita. Kaya natin in-examine para makita na baka meron tama ng airgun. Rekomendasyon ko alagaan muna para palakasin. Kapag malakas na saka natin pakawalan (It was separated from the mother at an early age. There is no wound. We examined because we want to find out if it was hit by an airgun. I recommend to take care of it so that it will become strong and then we will release later),” Venturina said.
Cyril Dilig, a villager, said his father, Lorenzo, rescued the eagle from a dog that was chasing it in their farm in Balanga City last Saturday. (PNA)