WHEN Cyril the Snake went to the effort of climbing a statuesque jacaranda tree outside the Grafton Mall earlier this week, he didn't expect to cause such a fuss.
The six-foot-long carpet snake only wanted to have a bird's eye view of the Jacaranda Festival, except he didn't realise he was a week early.
"I didn't think anyone would even notice me up in the tree with all of the festivities going on down below, but I got my dates mixed up," Cyril said.
"I've always wanted to see the Jacaranda Festival first hand, after hearing of all the action from my friends. I'll have to look at my calendar more closely next year."
The reason Cyril won't be attending the 77th Jacaranda Festival is because he was a victim of a road trauma.
Luckily he is being nursed back to health by Grafton Wires' resident snake man Paul Jones.
"There are a few broken ribs, so Cyril is at my house with me. All you can do is rest the snake, so I'll put him away for a month or so."