A rattlesnake slithering along Big Corona Beach startled a group of school children in August, but a park patrol officer helped to safely capture it, city officials reported in a memo.
The incident happened on Aug. 26 when Park Patrol Officer DJ Ferris was patrolling Big Corona Beach and heard children screaming. Ferris followed the screams to the top of the hill and found a school bus, with the four-foot rattlesnake moving near the front of the bus, according to Sean Levin, the city's recreation supervisor.
Ferris moved the children to a safe location and Newport Beach Animal Control responded, captured the rattlesnake and released it back into the hills.
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