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Jacob Atkins, freelance journalist. I don't tend to this blog at all (as you can probably tell) except for using it as a spot to compile my published work. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
From Bondi Vet to Israel's 'snake pit'
Originally published by The Australian.
When a large black-headed ground snake was discovered slithering about the halls of the Knesset — the Israeli parliament — on a scorching summer’s day, it elicited guffaws among the political correspondents that the reptile would feel right at home.
Capturing the non-venomous creature and releasing it back into the wild would have been a simple task had the Knesset’s newest member, Sharren Haskel, been at work, thanks to her years of experience with Wires, the NSW wildlife rescue organisation.
Ms Haskel, 31, was last month sworn in as a representative for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, fulfilling a political ambition that had flourished since return to Israel three years ago.