Jul 8, 2012

The Serpent and the Fairy Princess

Saturday afternoon, in the hills above Carmel Valley Village, a little girl was playing outside in a very shallow, dry, stone-lined channel. Perhaps she and the Fairy Princess were looking for more river rocks for the Kingdom's castle, when she was struck by a serpent - a baby rattlesnake.

The girl was rushed to a Bay Area hospital for emergency treatment.

The following morning, the snake was found sunning itself in the same area of the property. Duane and Rebecca were called to capture and remove it.

Wearing snake chaps and armed with tongs and a bug net, the duo turned stones and rustled shrubs, looking for what the residents had initially described as a two-foot long snake. It wasn't until they saw a picture of it, did they realize it was a small, young snake, more brown than grey.

It wasn't five minutes before they spotted it, cold and coiled, among dry leaves and grasses.

The snake was placed into a five gallon bucket and released in an uninhabited area of Carmel Valley. Check out the video, below.


Anonymous said...

How's the little girl?

Anonymous said...

Very Cool! Thank you for your efforts...good the snake was not killed as what most people would have done. They do contribute a benefit to nature....Kathy

Admin said...

Thank you for asking. She was bitten on her finger. We've been told she is doing alright and is back home now.

Susan McCarthy said...

Happy ending for all concerned -- thanks.

Anonymous said...

That is so scary! I am so glad she is OK. I have been told that the baby rattlers carry the same punch as an adult and they are much harder to see. Thanks for not killing it.

Anonymous said...

Yes, we are very lucky to have you all to rescue the wild things, na matter how venomous they are. They are part of our native biospere and need to to be protected. Happy to hear the child is doing fine!