Well, not me actually, this morning I found some local wildlife that had gotten entangled in the bird netting that I had strung up around my garden in a futile attempt to keep the bunnies out. I've been meaning to get rid of the netting and now I'm really motivated to get the job done. This was a critter that I'm sure has been helping me with keeping the rodent population down and I was very interested in seeing to it that it gained its freedom so that it could get back to work. But this rescue was one that I wouldn't dream of attempting to do myself.
If you get out and about in the California great outdoors you have probably heard the warning sounds that this animal makes using this:
I've heard that rattle a number of times in the past few weeks alongside the hiking trails and it always puts an extra zip in my step. I don't generally worry about the trailside rattlers, they are letting me know that they are there and I respect that and get out of the way as fast as I can and let them get back to whatever they were doing. But this poor critter couldn't get back to its daily routine and I couldn't simply let it stay where it was.
The scary end was just steps away from the gate to the vegetable garden. I think that this was a Northern Pacific Rattlesnake.
What to do? What to do?
Hmm, I thought perhaps the good people at the Wildlife Center at the SPCA could help. Wow, could they ever! Within an hour of calling them a gentleman showed up at my door with a snake tong in hand. He quickly got to work cutting the offending bird netting in a wide arc around the snake while holding the snake's head in the tong. Once the chunk of netting was cut free the still entangled snake was carefully placed in a cardboard critter carrier which was equally carefully closed up and draped with a towel. The snake was then whisked away to the Wildlife Center to be disentangled and rehabilitated so that it can be released (don't know where) to resume its work.
Kudos to the SPCA! I've already given them an extra donation today to help them continue to provide such a valuable service to the local wildlife and community.
Sorry about the quality of the photos, I used my biggest zooms lens to take the photos and they came out a bit fuzzy since I didn't take the time to bother with a tripod.