Australian man tosses pet snake during public swim
UPI News Service, 03/01/2016
Visitors at an Australian creek witnessed a man tossing a snake back and watching it slither back as the two went for a swim.
Musician Indy Davies of Brisbane shared video of the man and his pet carpet python to Instagram, as he repeatedly tossed the snake while drinking a beer at Tallebudgera Beach in Queensland.
"There's currently a bloke down here drinking a VB tally and chucking his pet snake around. Amazing," he wrote.
Screams can be heard on the video as Davies told the Brisbane Times that many parents and other beachgoers evacuated the area after witnessing the man's strange behavior.
"Everyone split from the beach, kids were screaming, lots of parents screaming 'Get out of the water! He has a snake!'" He said.
The man swam for 20 minutes before exiting the water to mingle with other beachgoers.
"He came up to us, he was pretty social, he said hello to us and said check out my snake " I forget what his name was through," Davies told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Davies also noted that the snake appeared to be calm, adding that the man showed affection for the reptile by giving it a kiss.
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Reptile Relocation and Awareness snake handler Tony Harrison disagreed with Davies' assessment telling the Brisbane Times that the snake was likely captured from the wild and in a panicked state.
"The average person would look at and think it is probably calm, but the fact is the snake is probably hanging on for dear life," he said. "They are nocturnal animals, it would be panicked and scared."
Davies said he believed the bond between the two was genuine and hoped no negative action would be taken against the man.
"I really hope he doesn't get pulled up for animal cruelty " I've never seen him swim back to him like that," he said. "It was incredible " the snake kept coming back to him, like, all day."
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