Snake rescuer in Australia goes down a 20-feet-deep hole to rescue five venomous serpents stuck inside it
Sydney,July5:A brave man in Australia did what would send shivers down the spines of anyone else – he went down a 20-feet-deep hole to rescue five venomous serpents stuck inside it. Ross McGibbon of Perth, Australia, is a reptile rescuer and photographer, qualified in the handling of venomous snakes. On July 2, he posted a chilling video to his Facebook page which shows him being lowered into a dry well with five snakes at the bottom.
Ross McGibbon got a thrill from saving the four Western brown snakes and one mulga snake – but admitted the stunt would have been some people’s ‘worst nightmare’.
The 32-year-old was stunned to discover the five poisonous serpents when he was winched down into the pitch black six-metre-deep former well outside Perth, Western Australia, during the 45-minute rescue.
But the full-time firefighter said while spending 20 minutes in a confined underground space with venomous reptiles isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, he came back to the surface with a smile on his face.
Ross, who lives in Perth, said: “We were out looking for snakes when we came across the well.
“From previous experience I knew snakes can fall down wells and then can’t get out again themselves, and when I shone the torch down I could see one moving about in the light.
“When I got down there I was pretty excited to discover another four snakes, so there were five in total.
“The biggest one, a mulga snake, was in the middle – given a chance that one would eat the other snakes so the four western brown snakes were spread out away from it.
“These lucky snakes escaped a long and painful death from starvation when I rescued them from a 6m well… Once at the bottom I discovered it to be a mulga snake along with 4 more Western Brown’s!” he writes in his post.
While a mulga snake is one of the longest venomous snakes found in the world, western brown snakes are known to be very fast and highly venomous.
The snakes had fallen into a well near the town of Carnarvon in Australia. Watch their rescue below:
Since being shared three days ago, Ross McGibbon’s video has been viewed over 11,000 times.
The 32-year-old added in his post that the snakes were released and relocated. On July 3, he also posted two pictures of the western browns: