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Wildlife Rescuer bitten by adders in Lewes

On 7 Jun 2010 at 10:50am Smiler wrote:
he was checking 2 juvenile adders over that had been cut free by people from pea netting in Lewes, so they were very grumpy, one managed to pull his head up just enough to reach round and bite him twice, once on each hand, while he was examining it. He has been pretty poorly, but is awake and talking now, but feeling very rough. He won't be able to drive for a while with the swelling on both hands and his right arm. The paramedic visited later, and said it was touch and go at one point and he said "we were bricking it!" Certainly a close call.

On 7 Jun 2010 at 11:02am Smiler wrote:
And guess what, he got a parking ticket while he was getting bitten
On 7 Jun 2010 at 12:42pm Keere st massive crew wrote:
big shout goes out to Smiler for helping me cut the pea netting off the blighters.. (He did the trickiest part).. was quite a weekend but the Adders are happily returned to the Allotment and netting has been removed
On 7 Jun 2010 at 12:44pm Keere st massive crew wrote:
btw the Adders will keep themselves to themselves unless i go trapping them in the netting again! and should help keep down the rodent population that is helping itself to my broad beans and sweetcorn!
On 7 Jun 2010 at 6:58pm Former Allotmenter wrote:
I had the same problem a few years back when an adder got caught up in netting on my allotment. He was safely released, but a few days later I found a dead one in the netting. Built a bonfire/funeral pyre for the adder BUT BE WARNED, burning adder smells dreadful!
On 7 Jun 2010 at 7:23pm TDA wrote:
I've adder nuff of this thread.
On 8 Jun 2010 at 7:05am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Smiler, I thought your post was a joke and laughed but I've decided it was probably true.
He should appeal. Getting bitten by an adder is surely an acceptable extenuating circumstance.
Glad he's going to be ok. I really admire the wildlife rescue people, they do good work imo.
Are we allowed to know which allotments they were on? If it's the Nevill ones, I'd like to know, just so that if my dogs start showing signs of being ill I can consider that as a possibility.
I understand if you want to keep their location QT though.
On 8 Jun 2010 at 7:07am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Sorry, the parking ticket was the bit I thought was a joke, not the adder bite.
Really should wake up before I start posting.
On 8 Jun 2010 at 8:31am Smiler wrote:
He was on radio Sussex this morning.
You can listen again if you're interested
On 8 Jun 2010 at 3:59pm TDA wrote:
Allotments at West end of town

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