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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 8th 2009
www.innerwestweekly.com.au THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2009 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST Burwood Poison-packed sack FIONA BRADY A tiger snake, a king brown and a Collett's snake from the rucksack found in a carpark on Edwin Flack Ave. 8 deadly snakes dumped at Homebush The bag started moving and hissing ' ' A SYDNEY Olympic Park worker didn't see the humour when he opened an abandoned rucksack to find eight venomous snakes in- side. The rucksack containing the deadly surprise was found in a carpark at Edwin Flack Ave, Homebush Bay on April Fool's Day -- shortly before thousands of fans arrived to watch the World Cup soccer qualifier between Australia and Uzbekistan. The bag was initially found by a contract worker, who handed it in to lost property without looking inside. It wasn't until the following day that another worker opened the bag, looking for identification. Mark Double, from the Wildlife, Information, Rescue and Edu- cation Service, said the worker only realised what was inside when he removed a small cotton bag from the rucksack. ''The bag started moving and hissing at him,'' said Mr Double, who is now looking after the snakes. Inside the rucksack were two juvenile king brown snakes, two juvenile inland taipans, a Collett's snake and a black tiger snake -- all of them highly venomous. There were also two dead hatchlings -- a bandy-bandy and a golden crown snake. They were all wrapped in individual cotton bags within the rucksack. Mr Double said the wrappings weren't very secure and the finder could easily have been bitten. ''The snakes were confined for however long and they would have been highly stressed,'' he said. ''A stressed animal is an unpre- dictable one. ''They were quite thirsty and dehydrated but they are in very good condition now.'' Mr Double will continue look- ing after the animals until the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service finishes investigating the find. The snakes are not native to NSW and are unlikely to be released into the wild here, but could be returned to their home state or given to a zoo. ToPage2
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