Fri, Sep 08, 2006 - Page 21 News List

Junior handler 小小弄蛇人

A three-year-old child holds a non-poisonous milk snake in the US state of Pennsylvania.
美國賓州一名三歲孩童手裡抓著一條無毒牛奶蛇。 (照片:美聯社)


After almost an hour locked in a cage with 30 poisonous snakes, three-year-old Siti Amirah had just one thing on her mind: her milk bottle.

Siti, whose father is a snake handler in the northeastern Kelantan state, chatted calmly with the deadly cobras and other snakes as they curled around her neck and hands.

“You OK?” she was quoted by a local newspaper as playfully asking one of the serpents.

Siti's father, Sayuti Harun, said his daughter was first exposed to snakes when she was a year old. She showed no fear and was comfortable around his 112 pet snakes, among them pythons, cobras and rattlesnakes.

Sayuti, 61, said he planned to pass on to Siti the snake-handling skills that he learned from his father 35 years ago.

After spending nearly an hour in the cage with the snakes, Siti ambled out and, unfazed by cheering and applause from a watching crowd, she reached for her milk bottle.

Staff at the resort hotel where the show was held were not able to provide contact information for Sayuti and would not say what safety precautions were taken.

The hotel's public relations department, which organized the event, was closed for a public holiday. (AP)









Today's Words 今天單字

1. expose v.t.

使接觸到 (shi3 jie1 chu4 dao4)

例: Rachel loved to travel with her children. She wanted to expose them to as many cultures as possible.


2. amble v.i.

從容漫步 (cong1 rong2 man4 bu4)

例: We spent the day ambling around town and relaxing.


3. unfazed adj.

不煩惱的 (bu4 fan2 nao3 de5)

例: Serena was so comfortable in new groups of people, that even when she met her boyfriend's family she remained unfazed.


4. precaution n.

預防措施 (yu4 fang2 cuo4 shi1)

例: Regardless of the precautions you take, sometimes accidents just happen.


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