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I can't believe this! But the picture doesn't lie.

post #1 of 25
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http://www.news.com.au/mercury/story...02-921,00.html

I didn't see this posted here yet, but if it's a duplicate my apologies
post #2 of 25
YIKES!!!! I don't know what I would have done.
post #3 of 25
OMG! I hope they start keeping that kitty indoors only!! Luckily she returned when she did otherwise she would be dead right now
post #4 of 25
Yay! The cat is okay! So happy to hear that the snake bite didn't kill that beautiful cat!
post #5 of 25
Wow! That is a very lucky kitty!!
post #6 of 25
Oh yikes! So glad the kitty is ok!
post #7 of 25
That poor baby cat ......... if the owner knew there were venemous snakes around, I cannot believe she let her cat out. Cats and dogs will naturally go after a moving snake.

I also cannot believe she didnt take her cat to the vet immediately. Having a copperhead around her neck is an obvious sign that the cat was almost positively bitten.

Venom from a snake bite on a cat starts acting immediately, waiting hours later will more than likely cause this poor kitty irreversible effects. I hope it was not a lot of venom.
post #8 of 25
I almost can't believe that! Of course, being an herp-lover I wonder what happened to the snake?
post #9 of 25
I just want to remind everyone that we dont have snakes all over Australia
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post #11 of 25
holy moly!!!!!!
post #12 of 25
OMG!! I would have had to call in my DH on that one!! I don't do snakes!!!
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by twstychik View Post
I almost can't believe that! Of course, being an herp-lover I wonder what happened to the snake?
Me either!! It doesn't look like it's wrapped around her neck to me. It looks more like it's looped around her collar and I just can't believe a cat would lay still long enough for that to happen. I guess anything's possible tho!
post #14 of 25
Wowzers!!! That is one LUCKY kitty.....
post #15 of 25
Omg, i would have freaked out if that happened to my baby!!! Poor kitty, i hope he makes a full recovery
post #16 of 25
This story made me jump out of my skin. http://today.reuters.com/News/Articl...bLVBgDsLF1sak8

I shuddered at the picture!
post #17 of 25
...oh my!...
post #18 of 25
Oh no! So happy to hear that the cat is okay!
post #19 of 25
Ok, that is just crazy!!! I'm glad to hear that Jelly will recover!
post #20 of 25
That's one incredibly lucky kitty!
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
That poor baby cat ......... if the owner knew there were venemous snakes around, I cannot believe she let her cat out. Cats and dogs will naturally go after a moving snake.

I also cannot believe she didnt take her cat to the vet immediately. Having a copperhead around her neck is an obvious sign that the cat was almost positively bitten.

Venom from a snake bite on a cat starts acting immediately, waiting hours later will more than likely cause this poor kitty irreversible effects. I hope it was not a lot of venom.
Some cats are just outside cats, and when you live on a large property, it seems safe to let the kitty outside - it obviously did fine for it's first 9 years. She also said she'd never seen snakes around.

A kitty I used to have in Australia died from a bite from a deadly brown snake. We had no idea there was snakes around, and he was absolutely an outside cat (he was a stray we took in), we just made sure he was in from sunset to sunrise.

Our kitty started acting crazy immediately and died pretty fast. The kitty in the photo looks pretty calm, and if it showed no signs of being bitten (not acting any differently) then they must have assumed the puss was fine. it sounds like the cat only got a very small dose of venom to be so slow acting.

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Originally Posted by twstychik View Post
I almost can't believe that! Of course, being an herp-lover I wonder what happened to the snake?
In Australia, it's illegal to kill a snake, so given that a reptile expert was called in, they would have just relocated the snake.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by fwan View Post
I just want to remind everyone that we dont have snakes all over Australia
I was wondering about that. I grew up cutting the heads off of bull snakes and rattlers with shovels (my apologies to twstychk and any other herp-lovers on here, but snakes aren't well liked back home).

Mez
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by mezlo View Post
I was wondering about that. I grew up cutting the heads off of bull snakes and rattlers with shovels (my apologies to twstychk and any other herp-lovers on here, but snakes aren't well liked back home).

Mez

Yeah that. ^

No offense to others here. I respect snakes and I even like them, but not the deadly ones we would find in between pats of hay or in our horses paddock area's.

Is it really illegal in Australia? I am too afraid to visit your country because of the Funnel web spiders and the brown snakes...and the sharks...and well goodness!
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
Some cats are just outside cats, and when you live on a large property, it seems safe to let the kitty outside - it obviously did fine for it's first 9 years. She also said she'd never seen snakes around.

A kitty I used to have in Australia died from a bite from a deadly brown snake. We had no idea there was snakes around, and he was absolutely an outside cat (he was a stray we took in), we just made sure he was in from sunset to sunrise.

Our kitty started acting crazy immediately and died pretty fast. The kitty in the photo looks pretty calm, and if it showed no signs of being bitten (not acting any differently) then they must have assumed the puss was fine. it sounds like the cat only got a very small dose of venom to be so slow acting.
Her neighbors had already told her they had seen several every year, whether she had seen them or not. The cat being outside was not safe for the cat or the snake, or even non venemous snakes.

The cat was paralyzed the next day, so Im sure she got a lot of venom. And should have been seen by a vet ASAP because the likelihood of being bitten when she had a venemous snake wrapped around her neck was 99%.

The snake would have retreated to safety first, not gone for a ride around a kitties neck. I still think it was irresponsible on many levels.
post #25 of 25
I heard about that on the morning radio show I listen to. That's pretty neat. I was glad to hear the cat is ok.
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