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Cape Town - A Beaufort West couple are devastated after their two-year-old daughter died from a snake bite.

Karlien Esterhuizen, an only child, was sleeping in her parents’ bed at the weekend when a Cape cobra slithered under the sheets and bit her on her hand.

The toddler died on her way to hospital.

Her father, Willie, works as a regional manager for Agri Western Cape. Agri Western Cape chief executive Carl Opperman said he was notified of the little girl’s death on Sunday afternoon.

“She was their only child and they lived for her.”

The Star