Thursday, March 05, 2009

A Spooky Stowaway


A couple has driven 170 kilometres from South Africa's famous Kruger National Park with a highly venomous spitting cobra in their car, a local newspaper reports.
Gordon Parratt, 69, felt the 85 centimetre snake wind itself around his leg while he was driving.
At first he thought an insect had brushed his leg and swiped it away, but when he looked down he saw the snake next to his left foot, the report said.
"Fortunately I'm not the panicky type. My wife immediately put her feet up on the dashboard," he said.
The Pretoria couple made several stops to remove the snake but could not find it, until it wrapped itself around Parratt's leg.
"Its head came up to my knee," he said.
Finally the couple managed to call a snake expert to remove the cobra.
-AFP

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2 comments:

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

not my kind of thing at all!
but we do also have some small snakes in scandinavia, one in particular that could be dangerous, but normally you never see them and most people wouldn't even know about them.
You wrote, you have got 23 hours of daylight in summer, never 24?
We like to go up to lapland (Finnland, Norway, Sweden and there you do have the midnight sun for several months, depending on how far north you get. But then again, Kirkenes is also about 400 km north of the polar circle... how far north are you?
it used to be pretty wild there, but now they are building more and more roads and in summer there are a lot of tourists along those roads.
ML; Sarah sofia

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

Hi! me again, please check out my Living-inScandinavia-blog, there's an award waiting for you there!
ML, SSG