A mum-of-one was left horrified after a venomous snake gatecrashed her daughter's first birthday party due to a curious cat.
Monique Shaw, 19, had been hosting a party for daughter Eden at her sister's house in Pwllheli, on Sunday, May 29, when her sister's cat brought in a one-and-a-half foot adder and dropped it by the dinner table.
Horrified, both Monique and her sister charged into the garden leaving the rest of the family looking on, unsure whether the reptile was alive or dead.
To make matters worse, the cat had chosen to arrive with an adder dangling out of her mouth just as the family prepared to bring out the birthday cake, reports the Post.
The house where the party was held is just a stone's throw from sand dunes – the perfect habitat for snakes.
Monique said she saw the cat drop the snake on the floor before walking off.
She says the cat is known for bringing in small lizards off the dunes, but this is the first time she's caught a snake. She said: "I was sitting in the living room when I heard my aunty scream and I saw her and my mum run outside.
"I wasn't sure what had happened at first. I thought maybe the cat had brought in a bird or a mouse until I heard someone say 'it's a snake'.
"She just wandered 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 in length.
"There was a moment of panic as no one knew if it was dead or alive, but it didn't move so my uncle used a dustpan and brush to take it back to the dunes.
"Thank God he was there because the rest of us just stood around not really sure what to do. He reckons it was around 50cm in length. In fairness, the snake was probably more scared than we were.
"At least it'll be a good story to tell her when she's older. We'd actually taken her to Chester Zoo the day before and I'd been saying how it was a shame we didn't see any snakes, but we've definitely made up for that now!"
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The adder is the only venomous snake native to Britain. Bites are more frequent in the spring as the snakes come out of hibernation.
They tend to venture out into the open to bask in the warm sunlight during the warmer months.
Adders are thick, stocky snakes which can grow up to 70cm long. It is it is illegal to kill, injure, harm, or sell adders under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
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