Boy (16) recovering in hospital

2010-06-02 00:00

A 16-YEAR-OLD snake-hunter is recovering in St Anne’s Hospital after being bitten by a night adder.

Gus Kaltenbrun, who was bitten on the thumb, was taken by ambulance from the Mooi River area.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said there was no need to airlift him “as he was in a stable condition”.

Gus, a pupil at Weston Agricultural College, said he was out looking for snakes with a friend.

He told The Witness, “I picked up this snake that looked like an egg eater and then it went for my hand.”

He added: “I’m feeling average and my hand is pretty sore. They have me on a drip and keep giving me funny things.”

Shubnum Ismail, the marketing officer at St Anne’s, said “the patient has been admitted to ICU for 24-hour observation. His condition is not critical”.

Although the bite was a shock, Gus said the incident will not change the way he feels about snakes.

Although the bite of a night adder is extremely painful, its cytotoxic (cell-damaging) venom is not especially toxic, according to the Rentokil guide to snakes.

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