‘Stormtrooper’ wandering through Australia for charity

An Australian man dressed in a “Star Wars” costume says that his armor saved him from a venomous snake bite. (NBC/APTN)

AUSTRALIA (NBC/APTN) — An Australian man dressed in a “Star Wars” costume says that his armor saved him from a venomous snake bite. Scott Loxley is walking around Australia dressed as a “Desert Stormtrooper” from to raise money for charity.

He has been filming his adventures. In a video posted this week, the 47-year-old claims he was attacked by a “king brown” snake in northern Queenslands state. Loxley says he thought the snake was dead. But as he walked past the highly venomous creature, it tried to sink its teeth into his shins, only to be stopped short by the plastic armor of his costume.

“The good news is the armor. He bit me in the shin, and the armor actually protected me and stopped the bite,” said Loxley. “I could feel the teeth on the plastic scraping, but the armor actually stopped something.”

“So all those people that rag on the old Stormtroopers, you know: ‘The armor doesn’t do this. It doesn’t do that.’ It stopped the snake bite and probably saved my life today. So yeah, today is a good day, and I’m pretty happy.”

Loxley has been walking across Australia for 279 days. His goal is to raise $82,000 for the Monash Children’s Hospital in his home city of Melbourne.

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