Beloved conservationist Robert Irwin was up close and personal with a giant and “snappy” snake that was broadcast live Thursday during sunrise.
Irwin was joined by weatherman Sam Mac for a live crossbreed at Australia Zoo – during which Irwin introduced viewers to two Diamond Pythons in his arms.
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“Who are your friends here? asked Sam Irwin.
“Those are the two animals that greet you as you enter the Crocodile Hunter Lodge, aren’t they beautiful?” replied Irwin.
Sam went on to explain that Irwin made a confession when he arrived that morning.
“He came in here, he grabbed the diamond pythons,” Sam explained, pointing to their enclosure.
“And he said, ‘Look, one of them’s fine, the other one’s a little bit snappy.’ I can’t remember which is which.”
At this point, Irwin handed Sam one of the snakes.
“I’m pretty sure that’s the non-snappy one,” he said.
“We’ll soon find out which ones are snappy and which ones aren’t.”
Unfortunately, things then took a turn when the snake holding Sam began to drift the wrong way – headed straight for Irwin’s shorts.
“Where is he going?” Mark asked Beretta from the studio.
“Where does it go down there?” Sam also asked jokingly.
“He looks a little, that’s all right,” the wild animal warrior said as he tilted the snake’s head back onto his chest.
“See how curious they are, they’re really smart. Diamond pythons are beautiful, aren’t they?” he said to Sam, unperturbed by his near miss.
“I feel like I’m hallucinating right now,” Sam joked to the camera. “Robert Irwin just threw me a snake.”
Users on Instagram took advantage of the comments to react to the hilarious on-air moment.
“This snake has ideas!” read one comment.
“Hahaha Robert just took it 😂” wrote another.
Others, meanwhile, laughed at the “camera zoom” and joked: “The cameraman got the job”.
It’s been an adventurous time back at work for Sam, who recently took time off to welcome his first child.
Sam and his partner Bec welcomed Margot into the world on September 11th.
‘I am a father!’
Announcing Margot’s birth, Sam wrote, “This is a love I didn’t even know existed.”
“I’m overwhelmed and just processing it all. my girls Wow,” he added, revealing his little girl’s full name is Margot Grace McMillan.
“If anyone needs me, my schedule for the next little while will be in awe of Bec; stared at Margot in awe; cry & repeat
Sam revealed Margot’s birth wasn’t “the smoothest ride”.
When Margot was two days old, they showed up at Sunrise with Bub and revealed a first epidural didn’t work, meaning a second try was needed – and luckily it was successful.
“I went into this tunnel vision and just did what I had to do to get Margot out,” Rebecca admitted.
In an Instagram post, Sam paid tribute to his “warrior” partner, who was “poked, grabbed, injected, stretched and essentially tossed around until we got our baby out.”
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Sam Mac’s new baby girl debuts at Sunrise.
“She gritted her teeth and found something I didn’t even know existed. She would always win,” he wrote. “Just when it seemed like she couldn’t possibly give another nudge, she found another 50.
“I can’t explain how confronting it was to see someone I love endure such pain, but she had a calm determination and focus on what needed to be done for our little family.
“I will never forget that.”
He added that he’s “fallen in love with Bec another hundred times” and watched her endure the pain to bring “the greatest gift in the world” into the world.
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https://7news.com.au/sunrise/robert-irwin-in-close-call-with-huge-and-bitey-snake-live-on-air-with-sam-mac-on-sunrise-c-8462778 Robert Irwin in close association with a huge and “snappy” snake live on air with Sam Mac on Sunrise