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Roddicks Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Brisbane, Australia

Andy Roddick© SMP Images/Brisbane InternationalAndy and Brooklyn Roddick with Eric, an Olive python, at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Andy Roddick, the top seed at the Brisbane International, and his wife Brooklyn visited the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary on Tuesday, on a day off from the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tennis tournament.  The Roddicks both nursed a koala, named Teresa, before Andy's fear of snakes was put to the test.

Eric, an Olive python, which can grow up to four metres in length and weigh more than 25kgs, was brought down from its enclosure to meet the American couple.

As soon as the snake arrived, the World No. 7 backed away as far as he possibly could, while Brooklyn, a model, showed no fear and started patting the snake.  Eventually Roddick joined his wife alongside the snake, but it was a fleeting-encounter and a brief pat was all that Andy could handle.

“It was great and a lot of fun,” said Roddick.  “I had never held a koala before.  I had heard they can get after you a little bit, but that one was very calm.”  

After the snake it was back to the cuddly stuff, as the Roddicks headed to the kangaroo enclosure to feed the laying herd.

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