Snake in trousers too much for Kirrily

AN ordinary day at work turned into a terrifying experience for Kirrily Donaldson on Monday when one of the world's deadliest snakes made its way up her leg.

The Rockhampton zookeeper was helping her colleague, Wil Kemp, carry out one of the zoo's snake shows in front of 115 Emmaus College students when the eastern brown snake decided to take refuge up her jeans.

The serpent, the second most deadly in the world, made it past Kirrily's knee before Wil wrapped a bandage around her thigh to stop it moving further.

Frighteningly, the snake actually licked the 18-year-old's leg as it climbed higher.

An ambulance was called and bandages prepared but remarkably Kirrily was able to stay calm, an instinct that may have saved her from a deadly bite.

"I was scared at first and I started to shake but then I realised that would make it worse so I tried to relax,'' she said.

"We knew that if it wasn't threatened it wouldn't bite,'' she said.

The zookeeper, who has only been working for two weeks, remained completely still for more than 15 minutes, eventually moving on Wil's instructions to allow more sun to shine on her leg.

The move paid off within minutes as the heat from the sun, combined with Kirrily's body heat, forced the snake out.

And while she could have been forgiven for wanting to leave the snake pit immediately Kirrily instead opted to continue with the rest of the show, which included an appearence from the world's deadliest snake, the inland taipan.

Zoo co-ordinator Simon Walton praised Kirrily and Wil for their handling of the situation.

"To do what she did shows great professionalism and Wil's knowledge of snake behavour meant the situation was wellhandled,'' he said.



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