|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: JULY 25, 2020
DOG SAVES BUNNY FROM NASTY COBRA!
Sunday, July 19, I was about to step outside my house at noon (warmest day of last week), when Misha (Meesha), a visiting dog from next door, set up an urgent barking. She is normally very quiet, and loves to lay in the sun on my car port just outside my back door.
I immediately stuck my head out the door, looking for trouble, but saw nothing (including the dog). The silenced was very concerning, for I had no idea WHAT OR WHO had caused Misha’s urgent barking, and WHY had she run away?
I cautiously walked out into the carport, and immediately saw a LARGE zig-zag snake trail in the sand beside the cement slab. Now I knew why Misha had left! Smart dog!
I called the guard with 1 word, COBRA! He grabbed our snake killer, a 13-foot (4‑meter) solid bamboo rod and came running. You don’t want to get too close to big snakes in Africa since they can stand up to half their length, and strike up to 10 feet from their position.
Our 7‑ton truck was sitting in my carport, loaded with food for Meluco’s orphans. When we couldn’t find the snake because it’s sand trail ended at our cement sidewalk, I was concerned it had crawled up into the truck’s frame when the dog barked at it. (Misha had been sleeping in the warm sand just in front of the truck before she barked.)
Zide showing unwanted visitor at Bush Bunny’s house
An extended search found the snake ON THE BACK SIDE OF MY HOUSE, sitting on the cement ledge that forms the foundation.
Obviously looking for food and warmth on the cement, this 5‑FOOT (1.5‑meter) SPITTING COBRA was a bit sluggish in its movements when we first spotted it.
Zide, my guard, told me to step back, as he took aim with the bamboo rod. The snake lay in a very difficult position for the guard to hit it as it was against the brick wall of the house.
KAWAK! The bamboo struck the cement, breaking the end of the bamboo rod. The snake was only stunned (not good), but at least the blow had knocked it off the wall. Zide is an experienced snake killer, so immediately struck a 2nd time, but missed as the snake turned in the blink of an eye, lunging its full length in his direction!
Jumping sideways with speed and agility, the snake barely missed biting Zide. He then hit it 3 more times in quick succession with the broken bamboo, ending that quick but ferocious battle. I ran into the house and grabbed a machete (panga), as no snake is a dead snake until it’s head is removed!
I regret that I didn’t get a video of this fight, but it all happened in a matter of 10 seconds. It would have showed you the skill and agility needed to fight a large, fast moving, African snake. I’ll try to remember this when we next encounter a snake, for there is always a “next time” around here.
One-eyed Misha, my wonderful four-legged friend
My thanks to JESUS FOR SENDING MISHA, the dog, who warned me, and Zide, the guard, for his brave attack skills in keeping me safe from this snake.
That was the warmest day we had all week (70ºF/23ºC), as the next day the temperatures turned very cold again (48ºF/13ºC).
Since the snake was very thin, it was obvious it was looking for warmth, and food during its midday excursion. It won’t need to look anymore, for Zide gave him a nice burial in our back pasture.
2 LESSONS TO LEARN HERE:
In the practical: ALWAYS LISTEN to the animals around you, and immediately investigate with caution. I have had God use birds, dogs, and just the tracks on the ground to give me warning of an impending danger that saved me from harm.
SPIRITUALLY: BE WISE, AND KEEP ALERT, LISTENING TO GOD’S VOICE IN THESE END TIMES. Some “snakes” wandering city streets come with 2 legs.
OUR CHILDREN ARE ALL HEALTHY!
They are just a bit bored with the lack of school. We have increased our games and classroom activities to help curb their boredom. The big boys love to play “basketball-court soccer”, so below is a short video showing their competitive spirit as they burn off some of their never ending energy. (Click the link or the photo to see the YouTube video.)
Teens playing basketball court soccer.
The ball they are using is a special ONE WORLD BALL that is super tough. It won’t burst as it made of a special material, and has a special valve that keeps it inflated no matter how rough it is treated. Designed by USA engineers specifically for African terrains.
YOUR LOVE GIFTS PROVIDED THESE BALLS, FOR WHICH ALL THE CHILDREN ARE GRATEFUL.
Blessings to you all in these challenging times.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF