Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Philippine Serpent Eagle Rescued

Here's an article sent to an e-group for bird and animal lovers:

22 January 2008

An injured huge bird believed to be a Philippine Eagle was rescued last week in a forest in far-flung Barangay Laylaya of this municipality. The bird, which is now undergoing treatment, is under the custody of the town’s Agriculturist Dr. Dam-ay Guinayen, a veterinarian. The bird reportedly suffered a gunshot wound on its right wing damaging a bone. Mayor Wellington Pooten reported the rescued bird during the Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting as he also requested for assistance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Staff from the Community Environment and Natural Resource Office (CENRO), Sabangan identified the bird as a Serpent Eagle similar to a bird caught sometime in year 2000 at Lake Danum in Sagada. Regional Technical Director Reynaldo Yawan reportedly advised the CENRO staff, Conception Wangdali, PAENRO Board Secretariat, Dr. Doris Cobaldez of the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian and some Besao officials to let the bird remain under the care of Dr. Guinayen until its wounds are healed and able to flap its wings and then released to the place where it was rescued.

According to reports, there is no functional endangered species rescue center in the region. Even the Parks and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) of the (DENR) in Baguio City is reportedly not capable of providing care and management of such kind of bird saying a Serpent Eagle died three days after it was brought to their custody.

Vice Mayor David Ballang, however, said that in the case they are not capable in managing the care and maintenance of the bird, they will turn-over the same to the DENR. The group expressed the need to construct a big cage to enable the bird to stretch it wings and move freely while in captivity.

Initially, Governor Maximo Dalog instructed Wangdali and Cobaldez to bring the suspected Philippine Eagle to the PAWB of the DENR in Baguio City for proper care and management. Dalog said the bird must be protected as this is an endangered specie and a tourist attraction thriving in very few forests in Philippines . (PIA-MP)

Here is Romy Ocon's wonderful page on the Philippine Serpent Eagle:


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