A Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) was rescued by field personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) last friday and was turned over to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte.
According to CENRO Rey Jalandoni, Wilson Abañaz, Angelito Cerdenta and Ariel Baliling all field personnel of DPWH found the eagle at the roadside of Brgy. Malambuhangin, Siocon, ZDN while they were doing roadside clearing maintenance.
Immediately, they proceeded to CENRO Siocon to turn over the said eagle.
Initial assessment conducted by the CENRO Siocon Eagle Watch Team found the serpent eagle very weak, dehydrated, light wounds at the feet and unable to fly.
They then sought the help of DA Veterinarian Alexis Val M. Tomboc who visited the office and dressed the wounds and handed medicine which includes electrolytes multivitamins powder to treat the eagle.
Close monitoring on the condition of the eagle is being conducted by the Eagle Watch Team. It is now temporarily kept at the office until such time that it will recover and deemed fit to be released back into the wild.
CENRO Siocon will continue to conduct Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign with the use of digital platforms regarding Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.