Snake bites girl, five, on the FACE as she poses for picture with reptile around her neck at Russian petting zoo
This is the moment a young girl is bitten on the face by a snake at a Russian petting zoo.
The incident was filmed at the Butterfly Park petting zoo in the city of Yekaterinburg in the Russian region of Sverdlovsk Oblast.
The footage was shared on the Russian social network VK on August 30 where it has been viewed over 45,000 times within a matter of hours.
Local media said five-year-old Viktoria was taken to hospital after the snake bite while the petting zoo said it was the first time such an incident has ever taken place there.
This is the moment a young girl is bitten on the face by a snake at a Russian petting zoo. Five-year-old Viktoria (pictured) was posing with the non-venomous snake before it attacked her
The non-venomous snake, believed to be a hook-snouted rufous beaked snake from East Africa, was placed around the five-year-old girl’s neck and bit her on the face while she was posing for the camera.
The girl’s father Vladimir told local media: ‘I went to pick up my wife and children and they told me that my youngest daughter was bitten by a snake.
‘I asked to see proof that the snake was non-venomous, that it was safe.
‘We decided to call an ambulance and we took the girl to the Children’s City Clinical Hospital No. 9 to be checked over.’
Meanwhile, zoo representatives have reportedly contacted the girl’s parents to settle the matter privately.
The petting zoo also said that it was the first time such an incident has taken place, confirming that visitors are allowed to handle snakes there in accordance with the law.
Viktoria was taken to hospital as a precaution and left with a bandage where the bite mark was
However, they added that they will stop snake-handling activities in future to prevent a similar situation from taking place in the future.
The girl reportedly ate a chicken meal before handling the snake and also played with chicks at the petting zoo.
Suggesting one theory about why the snake may have bitten the child, expert Ekaterina Uvarova said: ‘Snakes are very sensitive to smell.
‘If it was hungry, and the girl smelled of prey like chicks this might provoke the snake to bite her.’
The petting zoo called Butterflies Park did not immediately comment.