Serpent eagle rescued in Zamboanga City

By RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Aug 25 2015 11:34 AM | Updated as of Aug 25 2015 07:34 PM

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A serpent eagle was rescued by residents in Barangay Ayala, Zamboanga City on Sunday morning.

The eagle was found by residents near the vicinity of Zamboanga City Police Station 9 . The eagle appeared weak and could hardly spread its wings.

Residents sought the assistance of the policemen, who then called the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Ben Acana, head of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, said the serpent eagle is about 2 to 3 months old. He suspects the eagle was domesticated by a local resident near the area where it was found.

Acana said based on their initial observations, the serpent eagle find it difficult to adjust in the wild.

The serpent eagle was brought to the DENR's wildlife rescue center for observation.

The eagle will be released in the wild as soon as its condition permits.

Based on Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, killing, catching and transporting any wildlife animals are prohibited and punishable.