Wednesday, October 04, 2006

ENV: Serpent Eagle Returns

Escaped Serpent Eagle Returns To Park
Komfie Manalo - All Headline News Foreign Correspondent, October 1, 2006 2:00 p.m. EST


Quezon City, Philippines (AHN) - A rare serpent eagle which managed to escape from a wildlife center at the height of the Typhoon "Milenyo" (Xangsane) on Thursday flew back in time for its scheduled feeding.

Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau chief Mundita Lim said the eagle may have found the "concrete jungle" of Metro Manila too wild and decided to return to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.

The serpent eagle is an endangered species whose population is being preserved by the government of the Philippines.

Lim said, "It probably found it was hard to catch a prey. Here, it does not have to work for food. Food is served."

Part attendants at the rescue center were amused at seeing the eagle return to the park. The eagle is used to eating water buffalo meat or chicken every day.

Lim said it was easily brought back to its cage.

Powerful winds brought by Milyenyo blew off the roof of the eagle's cage in the park's aviary Thursday which caused the animal to escape. It was the only one among eight serpent eagles in the same cage that flew away, she said.

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