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WATCH: Westville residents stop traffic to allow injured black mamba to cross the road

Injured 2.4 metre black mamba crossing Robert Herrick Avenue in Westville North. Picture: Screen grab from video.

Injured 2.4 metre black mamba crossing Robert Herrick Avenue in Westville North. Picture: Screen grab from video.

Published Apr 27, 2022

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Durban - Westville North residents called local snake rescuer Nick Evans after they spotted a large black mamba, which appeared to be injured, crossing Robert Herrick Avenue on Wednesday.

Evans said when residents noticed the mamba was injured, they stopped traffic to avoid further injuries or death.

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Upon arrival, Evans said he was impressed by the height the 2.4 metre snake rose up off the ground.

“The reason it's raised up like that is, firstly, it's in an incredible amount of pain, after having a car drive over it.

‘Secondly, it was absolutely terrified, as there were humans all around it, and one approaching it,” he said.

He said after quickly pinning the mamba down, he secured its head and noticed that there was blood inside the snake’s mouth.

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“Not a good sign. Still, it's strong, and still is, a few hours later,” he said.

Evans said he will take the mamba to the vet tomorrow and he hopes that it doesn't die by then.

“I will take it to a vet tomorrow for X-rays. I don't think much can be done for it. It will have some broken bones, which can heal by themselves. Internal bleeding is a worry, but hard to fix that. I think it just needs rest and warmth,” he said.

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Evans thanked the residents for what they did for the mamba.

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