SYDNEY (APP) – A young girl has died in Australia after being bitten by a feared brown snake, officials said Monday, a rare fatality even though the country is home to some of the planet’s deadliest species.
The death of the six-year-old prompted emergency services to warn people to be on their guard against brown snakes, whose bite is often painless. They are known as nervous reptiles that strike with little hesitation.
Police in New South Wales state said the girl was bitten on Friday on a rural property near Walgett, some 660 kilometres (409 miles) northwest of Sydney.
She was taken to a local hospital and given anti-venom before being flown to Sydney Children’s Hospital on life support. But her condition worsened and she died on Saturday.