PUDTOL, Apayao — A Philippine Serpent Eagle, found in distress, was rescued and surrendered to the Municipal Agriculture Office of Pudtol on September 25, 2023, for its initial treatment.
The feathered raptor is currently recuperating from a wound in its right foot caused by being lassoed. This critical state necessitated immediate attention, prompting concerned citizens to report the incident to Pudtol MAO.
The wounded bird underwent a thorough examination by Dr. Divine Biton before being transferred to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).
She confirmed the gravity of the situation, highlighting the infected wound as the primary cause for concern. Following the initial assessment, the responsibility for the eagle’s care was promptly handed over to the DENR CENRO to ensure specialized treatment.
The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), in collaboration with DENR officials, is closely monitoring the eagle’s condition. According to their latest update, the bird is responding well to treatment but is not yet deemed fit for release into the wild.
PVO advised the DENR CENRO to withhold any plans for its release into the wild and should wait for at least a week or until the wound is completely healed.
The decision to delay the release is based on the need to ensure the eagle’s full recovery and to prevent any potential setbacks that might arise from premature reintegration into its natural habitat. Local veterinarians are working diligently to provide the best possible care to expedite the healing process. By JCM