Snake humanely captured to be released in veld
Catherine Bell, writes:
On a warm sunny day last week, as I was about to walk into my garden to tend to a few chores, I stopped short as I saw a large snake disappearing into the woodpile below our built-in braai.
Judging by the size and colour of the snake, I reckoned it to be a Cape cobra. I then went online and found that our local Fire Department is equipped to deal with such an issue. I called the number and a Jonathan took all the information and within a short time, two members of the Fire Department arrived at our home on the Golf Estate with the necessary equipment to deal with capturing the snake. I pointed out to them where the snake had entered the woodpile and they proceeded to remove the wood and quickly located it. Within seconds they had captured the snake and safely placed it in a specialised container for later release in the veld. They confirmed it was indeed a large Cape cobra. I am very grateful to Marius Barnard and Losper Geor, the Fire Department team members who worked so very calmly, efficiently and professionally and thank them profusely for humanely dealing with our slithery visitor.
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Members of the Mossel Bay Fire and Disaster Management Services looking for the snake. INSET: Part of the Cape cobra protruding from the woodpile.