PERSONNEL of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have rescued a Crested Serpent Eagle in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.
Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Siocon Rey Jalandoni said the eagle was rescued Friday, September 25, at the roadside of Malambuhangin village, Siocon.
Jalandoni said the DPWH personnel were doing roadside clearing maintenance when they spotted the Crested Serpent Eagle.
He said the DPWH personnel, namely, Wilson Abañaz, Angelito Cerdenta, and Ariel Baliling, turned over the eagle to his office for proper disposition.
Initial assessment conducted by the Cenro Siocon Eagle Watch Team found the serpent eagle very weak, dehydrated, and with slight wounds at the feet and unable to fly, he added.
He said they sought the help of Alexis Val Tomboc, a veterinarian of the Department of Agriculture, who visited the Cenro Siocon office and dressed the wounds and handed medicine, which included electrolytes multivitamins powder, to treat the eagle.
The Eagle Watch Team is closely monitoring the condition of the eagle, which is temporarily kept at Jalandoni's office.
Jalandoni said the eagle will be released back to its natural habitat once it is healed. (SunStar Zamboanga)