Injured Brahminy Kite Rescued In Ilocos Norte
BHRAMINY KITE – An injured brahminy kite was recently rescued on Saturday near the Padsan River in Barangay San Antonio, Ilocos Norte.
According to a report from Manila Bulletin, the bird species which is also known as red-backed sea eagle (scientific name: Haliastur indus), is currently under the custody of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office for safekeeping.
Eugene Santos, head of the Wildlife Division of the DENR, said that the stray raptor will be turned over to the Fort Ilocandia Bird Sanctuary on Monday.
The stray bird was discovered by Dyrel Navales and James Lorens Pinuela, both 16 years old and residents of Barangay San Antonio, who were strolling down the river prior to the discovery. The kite appeared to be frail.
“It’s our first time to see a bird like that. Because it was not moving, we managed to get closer and we found out he couldn’t fly because his right wing was broken,”
The boys told their friends and posted the bird’s condition on social media, worried that the bird would die without proper treatment.
Police Senior M/Sgt. Noel Abad, who happened near the area that time, volunteered to pick up the raptor and deliver it to the DENR office upon learning of its discovery.
Local authorities identified the bird as a young brahminy kite, based on its features, based on the report.
The Fort Ilocandia bird sanctuary is the only wildlife rescue center in Ilocos Norte, which aims to secure, protect and rehabilitate all wildlife species.
The DENR urged the public not to capture any wildlife species if they are in good condition and let them live in their natural habitat. However, they will be turned over to the nearest DENR office should they be injured.
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