Serpent surprise sends staff scattering

2012-10-31 22:18

Johannesburg - Clerks at a post office fled for safety when they emptied a mail bag and a white python came slithering out.

The 1m-long non-venomous snake was one of four sent this week in an express parcel that arrived at the Sabie Post Office, postal officials said on Wednesday.

Once the python hit the floor, sorting room employees were out the door, Sabie Branch Manager Mthobisi Duba said.

"This was the most traumatic experience ever in the post office," Duba said in a statement.

An official from the local parks board collected the white python and the three other smaller snakes still in the parcel. The parks board is taking care of the reptiles.

The receiver of the parcel was charged with the illegal transport of animals, the South African Post Office said.

  • christi.roestorff - 2012-10-31 22:23

    Why was the parcel open?

      MichelleDeAngelNot - 2012-10-31 22:35

      Perhaps it was heard moving around in the box?

      christi.roestorff - 2012-10-31 22:51

      Don't know about anyone else but I wouldn't be happy if my parcel was opened because it sounded strange. Aren't there procedures that are to be followed when dealing with suspicious mail? And the article says the snake fell out the mail bag, how rough do they handle parcels?

      sally.lewitt - 2012-10-31 23:14

      Maybe they thought it was the goose that lays the golden eggs..?

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-11-01 07:22

      @atholl.canterbury the post office stuff members must have been black because I know we cant stand a snake, one sight of it; i will fly off the window. but your comment is really funny!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-01 08:07

      My question exactly,why are they opening our parcels?

      gift.mushi.9 - 2012-11-01 08:54

      I should put a venomous snake in my luggage when I am coming back to South Africa or travelling abroad. I have lost most of my valuable stuff in the Airport(s). Thanks Post Office.

      gift.mushi.9 - 2012-11-01 09:17

      @ Jabu.R15 Is that a White or Albino Snake

      kgotso.selome - 2012-11-01 09:26

      @ gift. R20, I say its

      akshar.sookraj - 2012-11-01 11:40

      LIES... Confirmation That News24 gives us B.S Info The Snakes Where Corn Snakes... If i remembered Correctly it was 3 of which one was over a Meter The Box’s were not Opened, Due to the Snakes defecating and urinating in the box, parts of it got soft and the snakes where able to push through the soft bits, News24 FAIL

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-10-31 22:33

    Hope Schusters cameras were rolling.

  • MichelleDeAngelNot - 2012-10-31 22:34

    So THAT's where he went! Percy, come home this minute!! Bad snake.

  • Petros Dlamini - 2012-10-31 22:40

    Ya y it was opened coz is a privacy de post office shuld also b charged with opening de clients package

      21December2012 - 2012-11-01 09:11

      I think you have been given a free education, use it when to type messages please!

  • Sinoxolo Prince Mndende - 2012-10-31 22:40

    should teach em not to open parcels that doesn't belong to them

  • kimayne.kapp - 2012-10-31 23:01

    Bwhahaha what I would have don to have been a fly on that wall!!! Bwhahaha

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-31 23:05

    Poor snakes put in a parcel that is so cruel.. Hope the people are arrested for this

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-31 23:14

    \Once the python hit the floors, sorting room employees were out the door\....hahahahahahahahaha classic, another Schuster movie coming soon!!!

  • cecile.kiley1 - 2012-10-31 23:54

    'Illegal transport????' what about CRUELTY? I'm not into snakes but how the HECK can you 'parcel' a snake to someone? What about the SENDER of the snakes?

  • kent.harding.9 - 2012-11-01 00:13

    Im sure this was done by sum1 whoes mail got stolen.

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-11-01 07:24


      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-01 08:12

      That's what I thought.

  • oaitse.rantao - 2012-11-01 00:50

    '1ce the snake hit the floor,the postal sorting staff were out the door'.mmmwaahahahaha.lmao.*having a mental image in mind* lols sum more,atleast it wsnt a boring/dull day at work 2day.hahahahaha

      shannon.mcmurtrie.3 - 2012-11-01 10:00

      YO! YO! YOOOOO!!

  • Bontle Mpho Motoma - 2012-11-01 00:51


  • samuel.mphela - 2012-11-01 01:02

    Stop it, guys. This is not funny at all. LMSBAO...haaa!

  • eddie.serane - 2012-11-01 03:54

    it can sound funny but this is animal cruelity

  • fabian.houten - 2012-11-01 05:39

    it is cruel... but wish i could have been a fly on the wall to witness that. oooh he eh, lol

  • punungwe - 2012-11-01 05:59

    Unfortunately parcels have to be opened if security breaches are suspected. We wouldn't want drug dealers transporting their stuff through the post office would we? In this case it may have been evident that the parcel contained a live thing and staff would have to check both for their own safety and for the welfare of the animal.

  • Blackpoison - 2012-11-01 06:05

    A white python...mmm, rasist python? Lol, wish I coul've seen that debacle.

  • anele.mveku - 2012-11-01 06:22

    Shaking my head in disbelief..

  • simon.carter.5836711 - 2012-11-01 06:45

    "We deliver, whatever we haven't taken"

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-01 06:49

    Although this is so cruel and inhumane, it remains very funny. what kind of idiot would mail snakes.

  • ian.lowe.5458 - 2012-11-01 07:11

    Ag nice !!! Hulle dink hulle gaan steel en dan be&@& hulle die poskantoor amper. Good.

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-11-01 07:25

    I want to read the whole story but this flipping snake is starring at me!

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-11-01 07:35

    Thats probably the only time Post office employee's moved fast enough!

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-11-01 07:40

    This 'news' is at least two weeks old. Kathy

  • mona.jafthas - 2012-11-01 07:55

    what trauma!!!!!

  • thembinkosi.kamabila - 2012-11-01 08:00

    I am sure the sender nd recepient were white! Thina abamnyama inyoka umabonwa abulawe- whether venomous or not!

      thelma.flynn.96 - 2012-11-01 08:14

      Yeah. That would be your response always the white

      morne.els - 2012-11-01 18:50

      Not to many black people keep snakes as pets,so I'm also sure they were white

  • kgotso.selome - 2012-11-01 09:27

    there is one man in my mind who can pull such a prank... IT'S LEON SCHUSTER... I wonder what's the name of the new

  • Adrienne Mckeen - 2012-11-01 09:44

    I would of paid to see that chaos!! lol

  • francois.vanderschyff - 2012-11-01 10:00

    I bet they wont be opening someone else's post no more... HAHAHAHA... that would teach them. Sorry for the snakes, i wouldn't mind adopting them.

  • piet.visser.129 - 2012-11-01 10:02

    What happened to the PosT Office strike action.Or was the snake the cause of it.

  • smahlaba - 2012-11-01 10:50

    Hhe banna. The owner of that parcel is damn crazy.

  • MarcelKotze - 2012-11-01 11:20

    Well Well Well... guess who opens parcels not meant for them LOL

  • chauke.xahumba.1 - 2012-11-01 11:45

    I guess they are use to stealing parcels

  • Andrea - 2012-11-01 14:04

    Next to the "dead" man waking up in the morgue a few weeks ago, this story is a cracker! hahahahahaha I'm sory, I can't stop laughing, forgive me!

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