That's an 8 foot Burmese Python that was making its way through some brushy areas in a vacant lot in the middle of town. I would have run the hat cam on this call, but right after I took this picture it headed for some briar infested undergrowth and I didn't want to have to dig it out of there. I was able to get it by the tail to stop it's retreat, and then place it in the Animal Control Giant Snake Containment Apparatus.... or what you laymen might term a 5 gallon bucket.
Don't know what it was doing out there. There are two options: Either it got away from someone (although no one thus far has surfaced looking for it), or someone just dumped it. That happens some times. When constrictors are small, you start out feeding them "pinkies" - which are baby mice that are usually already dead. As they get bigger, you step up the menu to full grown mice, then rats, and then rabbits.
When you reach the bunny stage - often fed live - some folks decide that having a big giant snake isn't as cool as they thought it would be.
Next is a short video of me running down an injured Vulture that had a broken wing. You can't see the headstones, cuz they are behind me, but this actually occurred at a little hilltop cemetery on the outskirts of town. You'll notice several "bleeps" during the video. I've mentioned before that I have a bad knee due to shoeing horses for a living for too long, and its been bothering me alot this week. I bleeped out the expletives.
It would be easier to catch stuff like this with a net, but I try to avoid that with birds whenever possible. Raptors and Vultures in particular can be a bitch to get out of a net because they grasp onto the netting and don't want to let go. Also, using a sheet or blanket lessens the likelihood of doing more damage to them during capture.
Last, but not least, is this little guy:
About a 4 month old puppy that was found by some people. Sweetest little dog. The lady that turned it over to me told me they were going to keep it, but her husband was afraid of it.
I came really close to telling her that I would be back later to confiscate his Man Card.