Huge African Rock Python attacks Dog
Huge African Rock Python attacking Diesel the Jack Russell
Diesel, the resident Jack Russell is getting on in years and has led an eventful and colourful life as chief tracker and grumpy dog in Zingela Safari and River Company’s main camp on the Tugela River.
A few years ago Diesel alerted fishing guide Yuri Janssen, who was fishing nearby that he needed some help and attention. Anyone who knows how single-mindedly Yuri fishes will know that Diesel had to be more than a little insistent to get Yuri’s attention. Diesel led Yuri directly to an African Rock Python that was busy swallowing a fellow Jack Russell named Noonu. With the help from the dogs and another fisherman, Yuri managed to wrestle the python away from poor Noonu who was by this stage lifeless and somewhat compressed by the big snake. Having separated the dog (and released it unharmed) from the snake, Yuri’s first thought was that Noonu was no longer. However, after detecting a faint pulse, he decided it was time to test out his CPR skills before it was too late. To Yuri’s amazement, his mouth to mouth filled Noonu’s lungs and before long she had regained consciousness and her little tail had begun to wag, albeit very slowly… Little did Diesel know but one day, he too would meet the same fate as Noonu.
A few weeks ago it was Diesel’s turn - caught by a huge python whilst accompanying fishermen on the banks of the Tugela river. Luckily for him, there were four grown men fishing in the area that came to his aid! After struggling with the snake for 12 minutes they finally managed to prise poor Diesel from the huge snake’s coils and jaws. It was touch and go for Diesel as the python had bitten him on the muzzle, making it even more difficult to breath. However, within minutes of Diesel managing to get a breath of air, he was up and running around seemingly none the worse for wear. The python was released unharmed and was seen close to the scene of action again yesterday ambushing some bushpig! Seems as though it must have been one very hungry snake!
Zingela is a picturesque tented camp situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the heart of an 8000 hectare conservation area in KwaZulu-Natal. Whether you are with us for an adventure-filled holiday, conference or team building session, or just to relax in the special beauty of our area, the magic of Zingela assures you of a special and memorable stay.
For more info, view their website here: www.zingelasafaris.co.za
Pictures courtesy of Zingela Safari and River Company
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Concerned Puppy (Diesels girlfriend) being moved out of the way
The python biting Diesel on the muzzel
Diesel's saviours trying to unwrap the python
Python not letting go!
More hands arrive to assist poor Diesel
Four grown men are now involved trying to free Diesel from the python's jaws and coils!
Puppy has a peak to see how Diesel is holding out...
Unwrapping the last coil from Diesel
All the pythons coils removed, just need to free Diesel from the python's jaws.
Puppy looses her temper and gives the snake a nip...
Puppy checking to see if her nipping the snake had any effect
Diesel is finally freed from the pythons jaws
The python being released unharmed and Diesel back on his paws with a bloody nose!
Diesel licking his chops and thanking his lucky stars!
Diesel's brave saviors!