A British family was shocked to find a A poisonous snake coiled among the branches of a Christmas tree
. Rob and Marcella Wilde decorate the ornament with their children Edward and Sahara when they come across the animal.
The family lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and has come face to face with one of the country’s most dangerous snakes, known to carry deadly venom: the boomslang.
“We were impressed with our work when my wife Marcella pointed to our cats and said there might be a rat in the tree since they were looking,” Rob told the newspaper. Mirror
. “I imagined that several things could be on the tree, but not a poisonous snake.”
The moment they saw the snake, Rob called a snake rescue specialist. On the call, Jerry Haynes thought the situation was a joke from his colleagues, until he saw the photos the couple had sent.
Ninety minutes later, Haines arrived at the house and the snake was still on the tree. The specialist rescued the animal and returned it to nature the next day. The procedure was filmed and posted on social media in South Africa.
Although Boomslang contains a poison that acts quickly and causes victims to bleed to death, Heinz said he would not attack the family unless they felt very threatened. “Finding a tree inside was a bonus,” he said, “but unfortunately it was the family’s Christmas tree.”