Golf game interrupted by battle between venomous snakes

By Ben Hooper  |  May 23, 2017 at 1:53 PM
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May 23 (UPI) -- A golfer playing a course in South Africa had to stop with her party when the 14th hole turned out to be occupied by two venomous snakes doing battle.

Cara Treherne, who captured footage posted to YouTube by Kruger Sightings, said she and her party stopped on the 14th hole at the Leopard Creek golf course, just outside of Kruger National Park, when they spotted the two mambas battling in the manicured grass.

"I drove up a small rise and saw movement out of the corner of my eye. 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," Treherne wrote. "I quickly flagged the other 2 players in my four ball to slow down."

Treherne said she alerted golfers in other parties to come watch the snake fight, and even called her husband to bring their son to watch nature in action.

"It was amazing to watch and seemed to go on for ages," she wrote. "We debated about carrying on playing the hole, but after a little while longer, we decided to drive past them at a wide berth and go to the next hole."

Treherne said the snakes eventually grew tired and went their separate ways with no clear victor.

"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. I just wish I would have I had a better camera with me," she said.

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