Well, what started as a very quiet day turned into a bit of a scary day for me…… I was sitting minding my own business in the sitting room when the dogs started to get really excited and as I turned my head I saw a big “thing” flapping around almost inside the patio doors of the sitting room.
Sadly the way it chose to try and get away from the dogs created even more of a scare,
not just for him but for me too as he popped his head through the temporary chicken wire fencing (that is there to stop the doggies from running out and escaping into the not yet fenced front garden and busy main road).
Two dogs going mad and one snake flapping around all over the place, but totally stuck in the wire fencing! OMG….. now what….? First things first, get the dogs inside and away from it…….. lock the patio door so they can’t get out again and then take myself back out to see if it was still there or had managed to reverse itself out of the wire and slithered away.
No such luck – it was there and stuck fast, I guess snakes don’t usually reverse (no idea if they do but this one certainly didn’t know how to do that and get out of the wire so I was left with no option but to do something…… But what? There was only one thing I could do and I really didn’t want to even think about it, but I couldn’t as some people had suggested; hit it with a shovel and kill it! and I couldn’t leave it stuck in the wire to potentially die a painful death……
So I armed myself with some thick gloves and then, as I couldn’t find any very long handled wire cutters, or in fact, any wire cutters; a pair of garden secateurs …. And a plastic broom handle……
Amidst shaking like a leaf, squealing like a baby every time its tail and body whipped rou nd and its beady eyes looking at me, with its tongue flicking in and out, I had to get up close, very close and snip at the wire fencing, until I had managed to snip enough pieces very very close to the snake and then I took a couple of steps back and used the hook at the end of the broom handle to slowly try and pull the wire away from around it’s neck without hurting it….
I was even talking to the thing as I did it and telling him that I was trying to help him and would he please stop flapping around and scaring me! Eventually I did manage to free him from that wire and probably with a great sigh of relieve he slithered and seemed to almost fly under the bottom fence panel and get away ……
I think I kinda went into shock after that as I was shaking from top to toe and felt really quite traumatized…….. When I look back on this first up close and personal experience with a snake, I’m guessing I will actually feel really proud of myself, but right now I am just glad it is all over….
If you want to know more about the kinds of snakes that live in Bulgaria, here is a great article for you called snakes alive