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Australia Snake specialist begs Australians to stop harming the creatures

13:16  07 october  2020
13:16  07 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A snake specialist has begged Australians to stop killing native animals after a harmless python was intentionally mowed down by a driver in an act of cruelty.

Reptile catcher Jordan Sparrow wrote the heartbreaking post on Facebook after he was called to save a snake in Buderim near Queensland's Sunshine Coast on Tuesday.

Mr Sparrow, who operates All Coast Reptile Relocations, said a reckless motorist had accelerated towards the snake and ran it over.

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After using the last of its energy to slither to a nearby front door, it curled up and died.

a reptile on a wooden surface: Mr Sparrow, who runs All Coast Reptile Relocations, said a reckless motorist had intentionally accelerated towards the snake and ran over it (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Sparrow, who runs All Coast Reptile Relocations, said a reckless motorist had intentionally accelerated towards the snake and ran over it (pictured)

The horrified snake catcher said that if the python had been a koala, its life would have been spared.

'I would put all I own on the fact that if it were a koala crossing the road, the driver would have stopped and helped it cross the road.'

'Again this is a call to everyone to please spare these poor animals, just because you don't understand them or you fear them doesn't mean you have to do them harm.'

He pointed out that killing wildlife is not only unnecessary, it's illegal.

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a person posing for the camera: The horrified snake catcher (pictured) said that if the snake had been a koala, its life would have been spared © Provided by Daily Mail The horrified snake catcher (pictured) said that if the snake had been a koala, its life would have been spared

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Mr Sparrow added that animals have lost a significant portion of their habitat due to infrastructure around the Sunshine Coast.

'The malicious actions of ignorant people is the tip of the ice berg,' he said.

'One day we will only have story's to tell our grandchildren about the amazing wildlife Australia HAD to offer and that used to live alongside us.'

a person holding a camera: Mr Sparrow (pictured) added that animals have lost a significant portion of their habitat due to infrastructure around the Sunshine Coast © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Sparrow (pictured) added that animals have lost a significant portion of their habitat due to infrastructure around the Sunshine Coast

Readers flocked to the comments section to support the snake catcher's heartfelt words.

'I’m the first to say, snakes scare me. Like, REALLY scare me. But to kill the poor thing. Such a waste,' one man wrote.

'I'm so sorry to read this. Can't understand this deliberate cruelty. Our wildlife don't deserve this,' another shared.

'Who are these scumbags in our communities. Who speeds up to harm any animal? We should all be driving slower if anything to give our wildlife a chance,' someone else added.

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