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Posted by mattoak on April 12, 2003 at 22:58:27:
In Reply to: UK Press: Snake gets hiss of life posted by W von Papineäu on April 11, 2003 at 12:17:16:
:THE SUN (London, UK) 11 April 03 Snake gets hiss of life (John Coles)
:Vet’s nurse Claire Farina saved a snake by giving it the kiss of life.
:Courageous Claire, 23, sprang into action when 5ft Nipper stopped breathing during a complicated op.
:She said: “It was a bit scary getting so close to Nipper’s big teeth but I just thought it was worth a try. I blew gently into its mouth until it started breathing again.”
:Californian king snake Nipper was rushed to the vet’s after eggs got stuck while it was giving birth.
:Owner Ryan Mills, 13, said: “Claire was really brave to go near those big teeth — Nipper’s bitten me a couple of times and it really hurts.
:She saved Nipper’s life and I’m so grateful.” Four-year-old Nipper, who is not poisonous, is now recovering from the successful op at home in Lydney, Gloucs.
:Claire said: “We knew the operation would be very dangerous for Nipper but we had to have a go for Ryan’s sake — without it she would have died.
:“When Nipper stopped breathing it was a horrible moment and mouth-to-mouth was the only thing I could think of. It was all worth it to see Ryan’s face when we handed the snake back to him.
:“My boyfriend just couldn’t stop laughing when I told him I had been snogging a snake.”
:Vet Mark Hinds said: “We don’t get a snake on the operating table every day of the week.
:“But we gave it a go because we like to think we are prepared to tackle any emergency. Fortunately it worked out well and the snake has made a full recovery.”
cal king - giving birth??? do they mean laying eggs?