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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 15:47

Couple Gets Package with Scaly Stowaway

Bearded Dragon Discovered inside Big Bicycle Box

JUNE 7, 2018 – A couple near Hemet discovered a scaly stowaway inside a package delivered on Wednesday afternoon (June 6).

Al and Chris Brummett ordered a bicycle from Walmart.com as a gift for a granddaughter. Two days later, the package arrived. Mr. Brummett made the startling find after he pulled out the frame and other parts. He moved things to the side to ready his assemble job and there was a critter staring back at him.

“At first I freaked out because he was so big,” Brummett said. “Here was this massive lizard looking over his shoulder at me.” His reaction was almost a cartoonish, double take. “There he was, and he had this look,such as ‘what the heck just happened?’” he said. “And I’m thinking, ‘yeah, me too.’”

He found a five-gallon painter’s bucket and placed it over the lizard and contacted Riverside County AnimalServices. Officer Carra Mathewson responded to the property in the Valle Vista area of unincorporated Hemet. Then she called her colleague, Officer Harvey Beck, who has better knowledge regarding exotic creatures – and how to handle them. Officer Beck recognized it as a bearded dragon, a native of Australia and a critter that is legal to have as a pet.

4-year-old Girl Suffers Several Puncture Wounds

JUNE 6, 2018 – A 4-year-old girl suffered bite wounds to her face after her grandfather’s dog charged her and attacked.

The incident happened Tuesday (June 5) at about 2:30 pm. on Corson Avenue in an unincorporated neighborhood in Mead Valley, south of the March Air Reserve Base.

Riverside County Animal Services officer Tiffany Fuller documented the wounds and filled out a bite report, per normal protocol.

Reportedly, the grandfather allowed one of his dogs out of a kennel run, or the dog managed to escape. It’s unclear at this point exactly what happened.

Once loose, the dog immediately charged the child, according to the officer’s notes. The girl was playing at or near a porch or patio at the property. The attack was described as unprovoked, Officer Fuller noted in her bite report. The girl, whose birthday is today (she turned 4 today), was treated at a local hospital and released.

Thursday, 07 June 2018 06:01

Couple Gets Package with Scaly Stowaway

Bearded Dragon Discovered inside Big Bicycle Box

JUNE 7, 2018 – A couple near Hemet discovered a scaly stowaway inside a package delivered on Wednesday afternoon (June 6).

Al and Chris Brummett ordered a bicycle from Walmart.com as a gift for a granddaughter. Two days later, the package arrived. Mr. Brummett made the startling find after he pulled out the frame and other parts. He moved things to the side to ready his assemble job and there was a critter staring back at him.

“At first I freaked out because he was so big,” Brummett said. “Here was this massive lizard looking over his shoulder at me.” His reaction was almost a cartoonish, double take. “There he was, and he had this look,such as ‘what the heck just happened?’” he said. “And I’m thinking, ‘yeah, me too.’”

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