21 June, 2018
Officers delayed motorists at a busy intersection; on Tuesday as they diverted traffic to allow an endangered rattle snake to slither across the road at its leisure.
In a video posted to Facebook, two Roanoke City, Virginia Police are seen halting; and waving cars safely around the adventurous serpent — who appeared to be using the crosswalk.
“I thought it was a turtle at first,” Randy Leftwich told CBS News. “When I saw the snake I thought cops get such a bad rap these days, here are two officers helping out an animal.
“Awesome to see these guys out there helping,” he said.
In Virginia, it’s illegal to kill or relocate snakes unless they pose an immediate danger to residents, the Roanoke Police Department said. Police also warned citizens of increased snake activity as the weather warms.
See Video: https://web.facebook.com/wdbj7/videos/10155902349997217/