The Flying Death Adder

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The Situation:

The school day had ended, and dusk was approaching on one of the pristine islands in the Torres Strait.  A 10-year-old girl and her friends were slowly making their way home when they came across a death adder on the road. The group armed themselves with sticks and approached the snake. Making a game of it, the snake was flicked into the air with a stick and landed on the road again. On the second throw, the snake was inadvertently hurtled directly at the girl by her twin brother. Its fangs collided with her index finger of her open hand leaving one tooth lodged in the pulp.

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