2 rangers bitten in a month

2011-11-11 12:38

Johannesburg - Two rangers at the Mabula Game Lodge in Mpumalanga have been bitten by snakes in the past month, the Beeld reported on Friday.

Stefan Gouws, 22, was bitten by a puff adder on Tuesday, shortly after performing a snake show for tourists at the lodge between Bela Bela and Thabazimbi, according to the report.

He tripped and used his hands to break his fall. His hand landed next to the puff adder, which bit his right thumb.

Gouws was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital in Bela Bela, where he was stabilised. He was then transferred to the MediClinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria to receive anti-venom.

The newspaper said he was in a serious, but stable condition.

Three weeks ago, game ranger Karin van Rooyen was bitten on the right calf by a snouted cobra she was handling at the lodge.

She ended up in the intensive care unit at the same hospital as Gouws.

  • Peter - 2011-11-11 12:58

    This is so typical of amateurs handling poetentialy dangerous reptiles with little knowledge and no respect.

  • BenBezuidenhout - 2011-11-11 12:58

    Play with fire, get burnt by fire! But at least the got treatment.

  • tednhet - 2011-11-11 13:08

    Stefan is not an amature.If im not mistaken,he has been there a few years,but yes,you are in the wild.

  • Andrew - 2011-11-11 14:27

    Mabula Lodge and Bel Bela are not in Mpumalanga, somebody needs to get the geography right.

      Monique - 2011-11-11 15:39

      rocket scientist reporting!

  • Bennet - 2011-11-11 15:27

    Very easy to pass judgment after reading a newspaper report! If you do not know the full facts, do not judge the people. Whilst it is quite conceivable that inexperience, arrogance or carelessness could have featured in one or both cases, that is not necessarily so. Rather make sure of your facts before passing patronising remarks from your high horse!

  • Rainbow - 2011-11-14 12:27

    I am always morbidly awed at people who own or handel snakes. They are a type of animal i stay well away from and hope they will stay far away from me. Tried once to overcome this fear and dislike of this animal as a pet by owning a little house snake. Tried my best to endear myself to it but in the end rehomed it. I just dont get , besides the fact that some species are extremelly beautiful, why people keep them. They are not pet material.

      Rainbow - 2011-11-14 12:34

      Am very happy though that the rangers are OK, not a nice thing to go through.

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