Family screams as cat ‘proudly’ brings in snake during baby’s birthday party

Monique Shaw, 19, said she was at her sister’s home in Pwllheli to celebrate her daughter’s first birthday when the cat brought a snake, much to the family’s horror

The snake brought to a home in Pwllheli by the family cat
The snake brought to a home in Pwllheli by the family cat

A family cried out in horror after their cat “proudly” brought in a snake and dropped it next to the dining table while celebrating their baby’s first birthday.

Monique Shaw, 19, was at her sister’s house in Pwllheli throwing a party for her daughter Eden when the cat brought in a foot and a half adder on May 29 just before they brought out the birthday cake, she reported North WalesLive.

The house is near sand dunes, which is a typical habitat for adders, but they were shocked to see the cat bring in the snake dangling from its mouth.

Monique said she saw the cat drop the snake on the ground and then walk away while her aunt and mother ran into the garden.

The cat has brought small lizards from the dunes before, but this is the first time it has brought a snake.

The adder was brought to Pwllheli from nearby sand dunes


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She said: “I was sitting in the living room when I heard my aunt scream and saw her and my mum run outside.

“At first I wasn’t sure what had happened. I thought the cat might have brought a bird or a mouse, until I heard someone say, ‘That’s a snake.’

“She just walked in and dropped it on the living room floor in front of everyone, really proud of herself. It looked huge, it was definitely more than a foot long.

“There was a moment of panic when no one knew if it was dead or alive but it didn’t move so my uncle used a dust pan and a brush to bring it back to the dunes.

“Thank God he was there because the rest of us just stood around and didn’t really know what to do. He estimates that it was about 50 cm long. To be fair, the snake was probably more scared than we were.

The adder is the only venomous snake native to Britain


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“At least it’s a good story to tell her when she’s older. We had actually taken them to Chester Zoo the day before and I said what a pity we didn’t see any snakes but we definitely did now!”

The adder is the only venomous snake native to Britain. Bites are more common in the spring when the snakes come out of hibernation.

They tend to venture outside during the warmer months to bask in the sun.

Whilst dogs are normally at higher risk of being bitten, around 100 adder bites are reported on humans in the UK each year, most of which occur in coastal counties.

Their natural habitat is in areas of rugged open countryside, sandy heaths, rocky slopes, bogs, coastal dunes and hedgerows, but rarely in gardens.

Adders are thick, stocky snakes that can grow up to 70 cm long. It is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to kill, injure, damage or sell adders.

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