Star Wars outfit saves the day

A man who is walking 14 500km across Australia dressed in a Star Wars Stormtrooper outfit has said the costume’s armour saved his life after he was bitten by a deadly snake.

Scott Loxley, 47, a former soldier who describes himself as a “homeless wandering Stormtrooper”, has been on a fundraising trek since 2013 in which he has dressed as an “elite soldier of the Galactic Empire” to make his way around the continent.

He said this week that he was walking up a hill through a remote area in the country’s northeast when he was bitten in the leg by a “vicious” king brown snake about a metre long, but the armour shielded him from the bite.

The king brown, or mulga snake, is found in much of Australia and is known to hang on and chew its prey as it injects its toxic venom, which it can release in greater quantities than any other snake in the world.

“He lunged at me and bit me but the good news is the armour; he bit me in the shin, the armour protected me and stopped the bite,” he said on Facebook.

Loxley said he laughed after the attack and told the creature: “Snake, you had one shot and you blew it.”

Loxley’s trek has so far raised almost R384 000 for a hospital in Melbourne.

– Jonathan Pearlman, The Telegraph

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