PALAYAN CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Nueva Ecija, through its Wildlife Rescue Center, has taken custody of a sick serpent eagle which was rescued by a local farmer in Rizal, Nueva Ecija amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday.
Joselito M. Blanco, Nueva Ecija provincial environment and natural resources officer, said they immediately provided medicine to the serpent eagle after it was brought to them by a staff member of the local government unit of Rizal.
Blanco added the rescued male serpent eagle (spilornis holospilus-scientific name), aged about six to eight-months-old, was named “Paco Roman” after the place where it was found by the local farmer.
Blanco said the bird was so weak that it was immediately given a dose of Vitamin B complex to boost its energy and immune system while recuperating under the care of the wildlife center.
The PENRO chief has asked the provincial veterinary office to check on the bird’s health status after it was found out that it got lost in another area before it was rescued in Rizal.
“Maaaring nakawala ito sa bukid habang inaalagaan domestically dahil makikita natin sa kanyang mga paa at pakpak na hindi siya lumaki sa kagubatan,” said Blanco.
“Kaya habang nandito siya pinapakain siya ng dagang bukid at kung ano ang available na karne para lumakas siya at gumaling bago natin siya pawalan sa kanyang natural habitat sa gubat,” added the PENRO chief.