Baby’s birthday party: Family shouts at cat for bringing in snake


Monique Shaw (19 years old) said that she was celebrating her daughter’s first day at home in Pwllheli with her sister when, to the horror and dismay of her family, a cat brought in a snake.

A family was horrified by their cat. “proudly”While celebrating their first birthday, they brought in a snake to drop on the dinner table.

Monique Shaw, 19 years old, was celebrating Eden’s birthday at her sister’s home in Pwllheli when a cat brought in a one foot and a quarter-foot adder. NorthWalesLive.

The house is located near sand dunes that are a natural habitat for adders. They were shocked to see the cat pull the snake out of her mouth.

Monique claimed that she saw the cat drop the snake on the ground and then walk off, while her aunt ran in the garden with her mum and dad.

She has previously brought in small lizards from dunes, but this was her first 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.

“At first, I was unsure what had happened. I thought it might have been a cat that brought in a bird or mouse, but then I heard someone call it 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 panic attack as no one knew whether it was dead or living. But it didn’t move so my uncle used his dustpan and brush.

“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.

“It’ll make a great story for her to tell when she grows up. We had taken her to Chester Zoo earlier in the day and she was complaining about how disappointing it was that we didn’t see any snakes. But, we have made up for that now.”

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 sun during the warmer months.

While dogs are usually more at risk of being bitten, in humans around 100 adder bites are reported each year in the UK, with most of them occurring in coastal counties.

Their natural habitat is in areas of rough open countryside, sandy heaths, rocky hillsides, moors, coastal dunes and hedgerows but are rarely found in gardens.

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.