This is the hilarious moment an Australian reported screamed as a snake attacked her microphone – during a piece about how animals are more scared of humans than we are of them.
Sarah Cawte is shown panicking as the snake draped around her neck lunges at her microphone with a few quick bites.
Cawte screams ‘he just bit my microphone!’ as she visibly tenses up and nervously laughs the more the snake moves.
She doesn’t get much sympathy from those behind the camera, though, who are heard laughing throughout the video and telling her to stand still.
Her cameraman is heard saying ‘you’ll be alright, it’s just the mic that he’s seen’, to which she asks, ‘but what if he sees my hand?’
In a sign of true professionalism, Cawte is sheepishly able to compose herself and continue with the recording, but keeps one eye on the snake as she advises viewers that they are usually more scared of humans than we are of them.
‘If possible it’s better to leave them be, and let them pass through,’ she says, concluding her news piece for Australian news channel Nine News.
In an interview after the incident with Australian breakfast show ‘Today’, Cawte said that she was ‘just there to shoot a couple of shots for this package about snake safety’ and that she had ‘psyched herself up’ to have a snake over her shoulders while she filmed it.
‘It just decided to take to the microphone, and I was just so scared because my hand was so close to where it was biting,’ she told the Today hosts. ‘It was very scary!’
She said that her cameraman and the snake handler thought it was hilarious, but once the snake calmed down, she ended up getting the footage that she needed for her package.
‘As soon as that was done, I said to the snake handler “get it off me!” because I didn’t want it on me any longer.’