- A massive 2.47-metre black mamba was rescued on a Durban beach on Tuesday
- The venomous serpent was spotted taking a swim on the hot afternoon despite not commonly venturing onto the sand
- A video shared on Facebook shows the snake in the shallow water before it was safely collected by members of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR)
On Tuesday, a large black mamba was spotted swimming in the shallow water on the Durban beachfront.
A video posted on Facebook, shows the venomous serpent enjoying the cooling water before it was rescued by members of SAAMBR.
Taking to social media, SAAMBR detailed the unique rescue, adding that black mambas are not known to slither onto sandy beaches.
The post read:
"Black mambas are uncommonly found along the coastal belt, preferring deep valley areas with thick vegetation. They are commonly found in areas such as Reservoir Hills, Westville and Krantzkloof, to name a few. This particular snake had possibly come down through the canals and rivers that run into the harbour."
According to the post, the snake was too exhausted to put on a fight and the SAAMBR members managed to rescue it without any issues.
They then took the 2.47-metre long serpent to uShaka Sea World where a veterinarian waited to access its conditions.
The post concluded:
"The mamba will remain in the care of uShaka Sea World staff until she regains her strength and is declared fit for reintroduction into a suitable habitat. Craig thanked the Metro Search and Rescue staff for keeping her safe until they arrived on the scene."
Take a look at the post below:
Social media users applauded SAAMBR for rescuing the snake.
Heather Hamilton commented:
"This is how all living creatures should be treated!! Helping them, not harming them. Well done to all concerned."
Eltina Stenhouse added:
"Wow, such an amazing rescue, well done to all involved."
Suzette Van Der Westhuizen said:
"So glad it was rescued and is safe. I am not a fan of snakes but value all living things. Poor thing."
Take a look at the video by clicking on the link here.
Meanwhile, in other news, Briefly.co.za reported that a video of a little boy jamming out to Caltonic SA and Sje Konka's Bambelela has gone viral on social media.
The 42-second clip shows a boy no older than five in camel-coloured pants and a blue jacket with boots in front of a TV.
The song starts to play and his moves take over. From his arms down to his legs, every part of him is feeling the beat! The video has been viewed 143 000 times and has almost 5 000 reactions. It was uploaded to Facebook by Sje Konka with the caption:
"Sje Konka for the kids."
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