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Ignorance is bliss, especially when you’re a toddler who could’ve been attacked by a venomous snake but wasn’t.
Last week, Bianca Dickinson from Victoria, Australia shared a Facebook photo of her 2-year-old daughter Molly that she had been taken while waiting for her eldest child to come home from school. Dickinson and two of her children were waiting at the end of their driveway, playing and taking photos, when Dickinson captured this alarming photo of a snake photobombing Molly.
OH MY Golly....snakes are on the move!!! I was out taking a photo of my daughter for Jodie @twinklestardesigns and...Posted by Bianca Dickinson on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Dickinson told ABC that something had caught her eye while taking the photo—possibly bark coming off a tree. But when she looked up, the bark was gone. That’s when she took a closer look and realized it was a snake that, while it had slithered off, was still close to Molly.
“All my instincts wanted to run and pick her up and scream and run away,” Dickinson told ABC. “I stayed still and luckily so did she and it just slithered off.”
When her eldest child finally came home on the school bus, they went through the photos and realized Dickinson had captured that photo of the snake passing Molly.
Dickinson told ABC that she didn’t know if the snake was an eastern brown or king brown snake, both venomous, but she had checked the spot earlier and assumed it was too cold for snakes to be out.
Though the experience scared her kids for the moment, Molly is still unaware of her brush with a brown photo bomber.
“She didn’t realize the snake was there and still doesn’t understand what happened, which is good, and maybe in years to come she’ll have a look at it and see how lucky she was to escape,” Dickinson said.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.