A wildlife rescuer in Utah spoke out Monday night after an unknown individual painted a rattlesnake pink.
"It's animal cruelty," Reptile Rescue director Jim Dix told KSTU-TV.
The snake is being cared for by Dix after it was discovered spray painted near the University of Utah Hospital. When the snake sheds its painted skin, the wildlife rescuer will release it back into the wild.
“That’s a really childish, stupid thing to do,” Dix told KSTU. "I don't know why anybody would want to do that and getting close enough and spraying it like that — you are also putting yourself in danger's way."
[sharequote align="center"]“That’s a really childish, stupid thing to do."[/sharequote]
The Fox station reported that it is a Class B misdemeanor in Utah to harm a wild animal. The pink paint increases the odds that the snake would be spotted by a predator.
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