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Runners help rescue python from being electrocuted in KZN.

On Saturday, a Southern African python came dangerously close to being electrocuted.

On Saturday, a Southern African python, which is an endangered species, was saved by a group of joggers before being electrocuted as a result of their intervention.

Nick Evans, a Durban snake rescuer and conservationist, said that early on Saturday morning, a group of friends out for a run in Holla Trails, Umhlali, just outside Durban, came across a large Southern African python that had become entangled in an electric fence. "It was a very scary experience," Evans said.

'I got a phone call from them, and they were all in a state of worry. I was very disappointed to learn about this, since I've personally saw two pythons perish in an electric fence. However, I am aware of two individuals who have lived after being rescued, and this group was desperate to preserve this individual."

Evans said that they were all in agreement that the barrier needs to be taken down.

"They made phone calls in order to accomplish this." "It seemed that the python was becoming weaker," Evans said.

Trail runner Natasha Barnes of the Dolphins Coast Striders in Ballito, who was among the trail runners that assisted in the rescue of the frightened snake, said they were all taken aback when they came across the snake and couldn't go by "this unfortunate thing and not stop to help."

"I believe she [the snake] underestimated the size of the grid and became caught on the other side of the fence, since one-third of her body was stuck on the other side of the fence." "The fence was really effective; if we had not discovered her sooner, she would have perished."

In response to Barnes' claim that the fence was in use, and after some over-the-phone advise from Evans, who recommended they try to have the fence turned off, cut the wire, and let it rest for a time, they began attempting to contact the farm's general manager.

We were shocked when an angel named Sabelo emerged out of nowhere on his four-wheeler, followed by Aidan, the estate operations manager. Before we knew it, the electric fence had been taken down, the fence removed, and the snake had been liberated.

The snake was allowed to rest for a bit and restore its strength, after which Aidan scooped him in an old duvet cover and transported him far into the bush, where he was safely released, according to Barnes.

Penny Fourie, one of the runners, is attempting to keep the wire open so that the snake may get through.

Natasha Barnes is a young woman from the United Kingdom.

She said that the fact that they were not supposed to be on that route in the first place is what she finds most interesting.

Due of my poor health, we opted for a shorter path. " It is possible that we would not have discovered this beauty if we had not changed our minds at the last minute," she said.

Despite the fact that the Southern African python is a protected species, Evans claims that it is unlawful to sell or kill them.

"Unfortunately, we are losing a great number of these species to persons who murder them for the purpose of selling muthi. Another concern is the degradation of natural habitats, among others.

As a result, it was critical that this magnificent, large specimen be preserved. Hopefully, it has a long and happy life and has learned to stay away from electric fences.

"It was quite reassuring to see how much this crew cared about what they were doing. Every day, I see a great deal of brutality against snakes. "It was incredible to see individuals go out of their way in this manner, with such commitment," Evans added.


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