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Kicker - Snake salad

WORLD Radio - Kicker - Snake salad

Australian woman finds something not quite edible in her field greens

NICK EICHER, HOST: Alright, it doesn’t get any worse than this. I will provide the translation.

WOMAN: Eine kleine Babyschlange im Salat!

A German-speaking woman living in Australia is narrating a video she’s shooting with her phone. “Eine kleine babyschlange….” That means a little baby snake. “…im Salat!” —the salad or in the lettuce.

And so as the babyschlange pokes its head out of the lettuce. You’ll hear her say, he’s coming out. I’d better replace the lid, schnell—quickly.

WOMAN: Er kommt heraus!! Ich werde schnell die Abdeckung auf. Waaa!

So this snake came packaged in lettuce from an Aldi supermarket in Sydney, Australia, and it turns out the little babyschlange is poisonous.

The refrigerated supermarket supply chain likely lulled the cold-blooded juvenile into a stupor because he made a trip of more than 500 miles from packing plant to point of purchase.

Needless to say, the customer got in touch with a snake expert to help out. Aldi for its part is looking into the incident. I imagine so. And what the wildlife agency’s reptile coordinator said, well, I think this really doesn’t make things much better.

“It’s the first snake I’ve ever had in sealed, packed produce,” he said, adding, “We get frogs in them all the time.”

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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