Free State teen in stable condition after Cape Cobra bite

2015-12-23 14:12
A Cape Cobra (File, iStock)

A Cape Cobra (File, iStock)

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Bloemfontein – A 17-year-old girl bitten by a snake on a Free State farm is in a stable condition in a Bloemfontein hospital.

The Cape Cobra bit Ané Meyer on the shoulder while she was sleeping on her family’s farm, Merino, outside Bloemfontein, on Tuesday, her mother Marita Meyer said on Wednesday .

Ané was in a lot of pain and all her muscles were sore, but there were no other negative symptoms, she said.

"She woke up due to something biting her. Her first reaction was to hit it, but when she turned around and saw what it was, the snake was standing up next to her pillow," she said.  

Meyer’s father killed the snake.

Last Thursday, a Cape Cobra bit Free State farmer - former Springbok shooter Peter Bramley, 58 - on the hand while he was tending to his chickens on his farm Homesdale, near Bultfontein, his wife Lexi said. He was in a critical condition at the Bloemfontein Medi-Clinic.

Zoologist and field biologist Beryl Wilson warned that killing a snake after it had bitten someone was risky and could result in someone else being bitten.

She said cobras often gave a "dry bite", where they did not inject venom.

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