Goodness, snakes alive!
Tacoma resident Blanche Meiers stunned Metro Parks Board members when she toted her zoo donation into one of their meetings in March 1936.
She came bearing a suitcase full of snakes, plucked one from her bag and handed it to a board member.
“Here, this won’t hurt you, Mr. Christoffersen,” she declared. “Just let him wind around your arm. No, he won’t bite!”
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By the end of the meeting, “even the most timid (board) member was able to keep from jumping when a snake wound its body up on his shoulder and snuggled its head near his,” a newspaper account said.
Meiers’ donation included a garter snake, a Boyle’s king snake, two gopher snakes, a lizard and horned toads.