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Giant snake spreads the message about recycling

A TWELVE-FOOT snake that towers over visitors is the latest addition to Dalton zoo.

But despite his size, Pierre the glass snake is nothing to be scared of.

TV wildlife buffs Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham officially unveiled the statue, which is made from recycled glass, to the public yesterday.

Coffee company Kenco is behind the project and commissioned the statue to symbolise the glass it is saving by redesigning its jars.

Mr Packham said if businesses and the public all tried to save energy and reduce waste, then the results could be huge.

He said: “In terms of environment and packaging, this is a really good initiative because it is something that sends all the right signals and shows how people can make positive improvements.

“We hope that the rest of the Kenco product line can take a similar approach and if other companies jump on the bandwagon, then that’s great.”

A zoo full of species that would benefit from reduced waste was a perfect location for the statue, said Mr Packham.

He said snakes had an “uphill struggle” winning favour with the public, but he hoped people would take Pierre to their heart.

He said: “You’ve got to come here and feel it and smell it, it’s very important to smell the animals. I couldn’t think of a finer place for it and hopefully, it will inspire people.”

Mrs Strachan said she enjoyed having the chance to go back to South Lakes Wild Animal Park, which she last visited three years ago to make a programme about its baby animals.

She said: “I love the area and I love the way when you arrive the lemurs and wallabies come out to see you as you come in.”

The zoo was chosen to go on a shortlist of recipients of the statue by a panel of experts selected by Kenco. A public vote decided the final winners.

Have your say

There,told you so,dalton not mentioned once.
Love Barrow.

Posted by Dan on 28 October 2011 at 19:04

Didn't need planning permission for the snake? Just as well, Barrow Borough Council would have refused it.

Posted by Merlin Godwit on 28 October 2011 at 15:26

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