Star Paul O’Grady bit­ten by an adder

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­

A TWO-FOOT long adder has bit­ten the arm of chat show host Paul O’Grady at his Ald­ing­ton farm.

The pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion chat show host was mov­ing logs for the fire when he dis­turbed a snake on Sun­day. It bit him on the right arm draw­ing blood and caus­ing two punc­ture marks. Mr O’Grady swept the snake away with a broom.

The 53-year-old Liver­pudlian phoned medics who told him the adder’s venom held lit­tle risk and he did not need med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

Paul O’Grady detailed what hap­pened on his Mon­day af­ter­noon tele­vi­sion show.

The co­me­dian, who was made an MBE in the Queen’s birth­day hon­ours list ear­lier this year, has of­ten praised staff at the William Har­vey hospi­tal for sav­ing his life when he was rushed there af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack in July 2006.

Writ­ing on his blog, Lee Brady, chair­man of the Kent Rep­tile and Am­phib­ian Group (KRAG) vol­un­teered to visit O’Grady’s home to look for the snake.

The lo­cal ex­pert said: “While I can fully un­der­stand Paul’s re­ac­tion of sweep­ing the snake from his home (ap­par­ently un­hurt I must stress), I do fear for the poor an­i­mal’s wel­fare.

“The adder was ob­vi­ously in hi­ber­na­tion and is now likely to suf­fer dur­ing this bout of very cold weather.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Forestry Com­mis­sion the adder is the only poi­sonous snake na­tive to Bri­tain.

Adders have the most highly de­vel­oped poi­son in­ject­ing mech­a­nism of all snakes, but they are not ag­gres­sive an­i­mals and will only bite as a last means of de­fence, usu­ally if caught or trod­den on.

No one has died from an adder bite in Bri­tain for more than 20 years.

With proper treat­ment, the worst ef­fects are nau­sea and drowsi­ness, fol­lowed by se­vere swelling and bruis­ing in the area of the bite.

KRAG says adders are found across Kent and have a close as­so­ci­a­tion with the county’s cal­cif­er­ous grass­land.

Paul O’Grady was bit­ten by a snake he dis­turbed while mov­ing logs

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