Another adder sighting in Ipswich

A MAN has told how he had to wrestle his cat from an adder in his back garden in Ipswich.

A MAN has told how he had to wrestle his cat from an adder in his back garden in Ipswich.

Albert Horn, 46, said he was surprised that Suffolk Wildlife Trust were unsure how an adder could get into Chantry Park.

It follows last week's Evening Star story about five-year-old Springer-spaniel Bailey who was bitten by an adder as he rooted in undergrowth in the park.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust said it was at a loss as to how the snake had made its way into the park.

But according to Mr Horn, a civil servant, he has had a number of snakes in his garden at his Daundry Close home, just the other side of Hadleigh Road from Chantry Park, one of which was an adder which he had to wrestle his seven-year-old cat Max from.

“I saw my cat leaping about on the lawn as it does when it gets something, so I went out and saw some sort of snake,” said Mr Horn. “I got a bit closer and could tell that it was an adder.

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“He was trying to pat it with his paws and the snake was rearing up like a cobra so I thought I'd get him away before it gets angry with him.”

“I thought that stupid cat, attacking something like that could have gotten itself killed because I think a bite from that could finish off something the size of a cat.”

Just last week Mr Horn had to rescue a grass snake from Max and he has also had slowworms in his garden.

Park rangers last week put a fence around the area where the adder bit Bailey. Ipswich Council said it was in the process of arranging to re-locate the adder to a more suitable habitat.

John Baker, from Suffolk Wildlife Trust, said he was surprised to hear about the adder. “We are intrigued as to how it got there,” he said.

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