Life couldn’t be better, could it? Imagine the scene:
You are relaxing by the Yarra River in Melbourne, enjoying a barbecue with loved ones. You spot a hawk circling nearby and you admire the powerful bird of prey.
Then something really unusual and scary happens. Yes, today is video day and the title of the video itself warns you exactly what’s going to happen. So no surprises.
Yet, you will still be surprised…
Now I suspect at this stage many of you are thinking that you knew Australia had its dangerous critters and that snakes are quite high up on that list. But a hawk throwing a snake at you when you’re trying to enjoy a barbecue?
Crikey Australia! Is this what we can expect?
Whatever next, flying sharks? Crocodiles charging like bulls? Deadly spiders hiding in shoes?
Okay, the spider thing does happen quite a bit, but so far no evidence of that shark or crocodile behaviour happening anywhere anytime soon. Snakes being hurled at people eating barbecues is very new though, and that’s what I’m looking at in further detail today.
What kind of snake was it?
Snake identification isn’t easy, but it is important. Some snakes are harmless, but others can be deadly, so what kind of snake are we looking at here?
Well, this one appears to be around a metre or so in length, olive brown, with a rather thick body. Could be a venomous eastern brown or maybe even a dangerous King brown, but it’s not.
Even though I’m not a snake expert, I know exactly what this snake is.
It’s a fake snake, or CGI as it’s called in the movie business.
The Hawks is the nickname of a footy team based in Melbourne called Hawthorn Football Club. They are an Australian rules football club who play in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Next weekend they play in a qualifying final against the Geelong Cats, and this was a video they created in conjunction with a Melbourne production team as a bit of a publicity stunt. I think it’s worked, the video has only been up a few days and at the time of writing has already cranked up around 1.5 million views.
If you look closely towards the end of that video, you’ll notice the Esky (English language translation = cool box) belonging to the people having the BBQ has a Geelong Cats sticker on it.
Breathe easy everyone, yes we do have snakes in Australia, but they do not get thrown at you by birds from the sky. That would be ridiculous. How do I know for sure? Well, Fox Sports have confirmation.
Do check your shoes for spiders though.