SANTA ROSA, Nueva Ecija—A tricycle driver from this town turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) a wounded serpent eagle, which he found in a rice field a few days ago.
Robert Felix, 33, of Barangay Santo Rosario here, was conferred a plaque of appreciation by the department and the town’s government for taking care and turning over the serpent eagle he had found with a fresh wound in its right wing.
Felix saw the eagle, he named “Aguiluz,” flying low over a rice field. He examined the bird after it landed and found that it was wounded apparently after being shot by an air gun.
“Nakita kong duguan at masyadong nanghihina kaya dinakma ko agad para magamot,” said Felix, giving the bird first aid with an antiseptic and amoxicillin.
Joselito Blanco, the Community Environment and Natural Resources officer, and Mayor Marlon Marcelo praised Felix for the “good deed.”
Felix fed the eagle with fresh meat and raw fish. There were times, he said, when he could not drive the tricycle to ensure that the bird was fed three times a day.
The eagle is the second found in Nueva Ecija this year. In August, a Philippine eagle was also found by a farmer in Pantabangan. It was also turned over to the DENR.
By Armand M. Galang