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Grass adder nearly kills trekker girl; WILDLIFE.

Byline: STEPHEN WHITE

A GLOBE-TROTTING adventurer who survived a trek through the Amazon jungle was almost killed by a poisonous snake bite - in Lancashire.

Sarah Bowker has held lion and tiger cubs in Thailand and been robbed at gunpoint in Mozambique.

But she met her match in an adder while walking a dog at a reservoir.

"I put my hand in grass, felt a bite and saw the snake," said Sarah, 29. "My arm tripled in size so I called 999."

When paramedics got to her in Haslingden, Sarah's face was swollen and she could hardly breathe. She had a fit and passed out.

Anti-venom was rushed from Liverpool to the Royal Blackburn Hospital in time to save her.

"I've been near poisonous Amazon frogs and spiders, but I almost died here," said Sarah. There have been 14 UK adder bite deaths in the last 100 years.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 10, 2013
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