By Malu Cadelina Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – A Rufous Night Heron was rescued in a village here by workers of a drop-in center managed by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), around 8 a.m., on Wednesday.
CSWDO’s drop-in center head Vanessa Bragas said they rescued the bird after it fell from the sky when a larger bird, which, according to witnesses, looked like an eagle, tried to attack it.
Bragas said the bird attempted to fly off, but it again fell on the ground because of too much “stress”.
The guard and another utility worker at the drop-in center were able to catch the bird and decided to turn it over to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).
Norhaya Amatonding, biologist at PENRO, confirmed the Rufous Night Heron was under a “stressful condition” as it was not used to seeing people.
It even attacked Bragas — who was holding the bird, when a media person that took a video of it was using a mobile phone that emitted light.
PENRO Mamotor Cariga admitted his office doesn’t have any rescue center for birds and other animals.
Such was the reason he used in telling Bragas and her staff to just bring the bird back to the wild after it underwent a checkup by a veterinarian.
Amatonding said the bird was endemic to the Philippines and lives in a swamp, marshland, or wetlands.
In North Cotabato, she said the habitats of Rufous Night Herons are in the towns of M’lang, Kabacan, and Pikit or in areas near the Liguasan marsh.