A pair of venomous Black Mambas weren't exactly doing the mambo when golfers at a South African golf course found the fighting reptiles blocking the fairway.
Most golfers are fortunate the only hazards they encounter are sand traps and ponds. Not so in South Africa – at the Leopard Creek golf course located just outside Kruger National Park, to be exact - where Cara Treherne and her party found their progress rudely interrupted by two venomous Black Mamba snakes locked in a furious battle.
"I drove up a small rise and saw movement out of the corner of my eye,” reported Treherne. “At first glance, I thought it was a spitting cobra that had its hood up but after a closer inspection, I then saw it was actually two mambas.” Luckily for Treherne, her inspection wasn't close enough to rile up the raging reptiles. Black Mambas are one of the most deadly species of snakes and they're known to be aggressive when annoyed.
“I quickly flagged the other 2 players in my four ball to slow down,” explained Treherne as she recorded the bizarre scene for posterity. “It was amazing to watch and seemed to go on for ages.”
“We debated about carrying on playing the hole," she added, "but after a little while longer we decided to drive past them at a wide berth and go to the next hole.” A wise move, and we'll forgive the fact they didn't ask the snakes' permission before playing through.
Treherne and her party kept an eye on the wrestling serpents though doing so didn't help their golf game, stating “We found concentrating on golf quite difficult over the next few holes. I feel this was a once in a lifetime sighting. And so always make sure you have a camera on this golf course, there is always something exciting that can happen.”
Having an Antivenin kit in your golf bag would also seem to be a prudent precaution if you ask us. In any case, Treherne said the battle eventually ended with no clear victor and the exhausted Black Mambas split up and went their separate ways. (via UPI)