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    Default Black Mamba strikes again:

    I have a farming partner/ farm manager managing a small cattle farming project I have on a patch of land upstream on the Mogol river. She is a widow, and very capable farmer. She had a Bull terrier, named Boelie, who is now about one year old.

    Today she phoned me at about 09h00, asking me how long, if a dog had been bitten by a black mamba would it take to die. I thought it would be about half an hour for symptoms to appear, and another 30 minutes till death occurred.

    She told me that she heard Boelie barking, a typical snake bark she said. She took the sjambok and went to investigate. When she got there, Boelie had just finished killing a small black mamba - only 700 mm long. Boelie had it in his jaws, in the middle of the snake's body, and was giving it a final shake. She convinced Boelie to let go of the snake. In the short part of the fight she witnessed, she didn't see the snake strike Boelie. She brought Boelie into the house and phoned me. She did not know whether Boelie was bitten.

    After the phone call she observed Boelie, and apart from fast breathing he seemed okay. She assumed he was just out of breath after his fight. After an hour, no serious symptoms appeared, and she assumed that he had escaped being bitten.
    At one hour 30 minutes, Boelie started vomiting, and now it seemed as if he struggled to breathe. He seemed to have some kind of convulsion, and was dead 1 h 45 min after the fight.

    I cannot believe how fast this progressed once the symptoms started!

    I received an SMS consisting of two words : Boelie dood.

    Of course I am now feeling so guilty, that I didn't assume the worst right away, and rushed him to the vet! There is of course no guarantees that he would have made it - travel time would have been about 1 h 30 min.
    Last edited by Willie Barnard; 05-03-2017 at 23:49. Reason: final remark

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    Default Re: Black Mamba strikes again:

    RIP, Boelie!

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    Default Re: Black Mamba strikes again:

    Not a good feeling, but also not your fault. Brave Boelie.

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    :-( R.I.P Boelie
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    Boelie may have saved his owner from the same fate. RIP

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    RIP Boelie....
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    The loyalty of Mans Companion!! RIP Boelie!!

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    Default Re: Black Mamba strikes again:

    Boelie performed like a proper farm dog, it protected its owner

    RIP

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    Default Re: Black Mamba strikes again:

    May Boelie's memory remain with all those who knew him.

    I cannot believe how fast this progressed once the symptoms started!

    This surprises me as well.

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    African Outfitter magazine March / April 2017 p34.

    Small black mamba, 25 - 30 cm.

    Student nicked on finger when transferring mamba to glass jar.

    Vision gone in 15 minutes.

    Collapsed then, failed attempts at resuss lasted more than an hour.

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