Snake park owner bitten

Snakes Downunder Reptile Park owner Ian Jenkins was recuperating in Bundaberg Hospital yesterday, after he was bitten by an Eastern Brown snake on Monday afternoon.

It is believed Mr Jenkins was handling some snakes for a display when he was bitten about 12.15pm, but paramedics were initially unsure whether his illness was the result of a snake bite or another medical condition.

“We were given advice that it was a snake bite, and we landed at Bundaberg Base Hospital on the way to Childers to pick up some anti-venene,” AGL Action Rescue helicopter pilot Dennis Branch said.

A few minutes later, the helicopter landed in the car park of the reptile park, in Lucketts Road, Childers, where 54-year-old Mr Jenkins was being treated by paramedics from Childers and Howard.

“They thought it might have been a medical condition or a snake bite initially, it wasn’t clear,” Mr Branch said.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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