How’s this for a tough day on the job?
You’re an animal control officer and you get a call that a 20-foot snake has been spotted slithering out of Fairmount Park’s Lake Evans north of Riverside. You are tasked with corralling the errant serpent before something bad happens.
Arriving at the scene, Riverside County Animal Control Officer Kristina Hillegart encountered the snake near the bank of the lake. She then faced the prospect of taking the 60-pound critter into custody.
The good news: the snake wasn’t really 20 feet long, only 15. And it was a Burmese python, generally docile and easy to handle.