Personally I blame Nadie
‘T’is she who only a day or so ago happened to mention on one of the Ravelry forums that we hadn’t had any snake sightings so far this Summer.
So – of course – you all know what happened next, right ?
11 am yesterday Bear and I decided to take the wheelbarrow for a leisurely wheel up /over the block towards Pete-formerly-next-door’s side fence to gather some edibles for the goaty girls.
Bear was blazing the trail ahead when his attention was diverted … much the same as it was a week or so ago when he discovered the echidna.
So over he went, leading with his inquisitive little black nose, as dogs do.
What I saw next was The Beariness leaping back slightly as a very unhappy Brown Snake* reared up on its midsection and lunged at him.
I screamed at him to come while simultaneously abandoning the hapless wheelbarrow to whatever fate might befall it.
Bear did what he was told and ‘came’ unlike the last time
I ran with him back down the path to be met at the door by Nadie and The Boy who’d heard the commotion, and we all proceeded to give his furry little body a comprehensive medical exam.
The reality is that, had he been bitten by a brown, there probably wouldn’t have been time to get him into town to the Vet.
This time we were lucky.
Bear is fine – although a little miffed at being taken out for toilet breaks under armed guard – and the cats are singularly unimpressed at my locking of the catflap.
In a day or so, I’ll relax and go back to my normal level of snake season vigilance
not yet though
and there are no pix to go with the post … strangely, grabbing the camera was the last thing on my mind.
*and before anyone asks, all snakes around here are highly venomous but rarely encountered