A video that is viral on social media right now shows the moment a young 5-year-old girl was bitten on her face by a snake at a petting zoo in Russia.
Watch the entire video below:
Viktoria, whose last name was not shared with the public, was with her mother when they visited the Butterfly Park in Yekaterinburg, Russia when the horrifying incident happened.
A video of the incident was shared by E1.Ru, a local media.
In the video, staff members could be seen placing a small white snake around her neck.
Viktoria could be seen standing in the middle of the room with a nervous face as the reptile was placed on her neck.
She also watched the reptile moving its head close to her face, which left her more nervous.
At one point, the snake got so close that it sank its teeth on her chin.
Staff members rushed to the scene to remove the reptile.
Initial reports said that the snake was a venomous hook-snouted rufous beaked snake from East Africa.
They are not dangerous to humans, however, as a precautionary measure, the girl was brought to the hospital for treatment.
However, snake experts that watched the video said that the snake is a non-venomous California King Snake.
Vladimir, the father of the girl, was not happy with what happened.
I went to pick up my wife and children, and they told me my daughter was bitten by a snake. We called an ambulance and took the child to hospital to be examined.
The staff reportedly told the father that the snake does not attack people at all.
They told the father that the incident happened because Viktoria had touched the chickens before picking up the snake, which led to the snake biting the little girl.
Ekaterina Uvarova, a snake expert, said:
Snakes are very sensitive to smell. If it was hungry, and the girl smelled of prey like chicks this might provoke the snake to bite her.
Luckily, the bite was not that strong and was just as hurtful as a syringe prick.
The venom was also mild, said numerous reports.
People from all over the world are currently demanding justice for the little girl and experts are calling on for ban on petting zoos.
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