Monday, February 21, 2011
Conquer your Fears
You would have been proud of me, I have been brave.....very brave!
This morning as I was rushing thru the morning chores I discovered that my mare had colic, thus ensued a scene of mad panic as I yelled at the boys to bring me a beer (what must my neighbours think?? Luckily lovely Elizabeth is my crochet buddy and knows me well by now!) I locked the mare in the laneway and poured a bottle of beer down her throat and left her there to relax while I got on with the chores....
Over in the chook pen I had another surprise waiting for me. I dutifully counted my little darlings and noticed one of my juvenile guinea fowl was missing. On closer inspection of the pen I came across this little beauty....
I am so proud of myself, I DIDN'T PANIC!! There was a lot of yelling and screaming once again at the boys, this time to go and get my camera and to come and see what I had found, LOL
I quickly shut all the chickens and guinea fowl into one side of the pens and then trapped Mr Python into the other side and rang my friend who relocates snakes. I could have chased him out of the pen but he might have chased me and if he wasn't relocated he would be back for second helpings and then desert.
I spent a few anxious hours checking to make sure that the beastie wasn't going anywhere and I walked my mare to pass the time. She is fine by the way, she just has a temperamental stomach and I suspect she is getting a taste for homebrew!
Lesley arrived and strode confidently into the pen and casually picked up Mr Python. Lesley is 6ft so you can see he is a large python, probably about 8ft long!! He was very excited as this seemed to be the biggest specimen he has relocated for quite a while.
And since I knew that all was in good hands I decided to face the fear and have a good look at Mr Python for myself. After all he had been having a good sticky beak at me all morning and he had eaten one of my darling babys.
A few years ago I would have frozen with fear and my anxiety levels would have been right up at number 10. I was surprised to find myself feeling no fear at all and I felt very relaxed (now you are probably thinking that I drank the beer this morning and not Penny!) So relaxed that I was able to have a really good look and see what a beautiful animal Mr Python really was. I think because I know these type of snakes are not venomous I was able to let go of the fear, if he had been a brown or black snake this would have been a completely different story!
Lesley told me that he was probably about 70 yrs old judging from his size. I had told the boys that he had a wise old man look when we saw him that morning. He was covered in ticks but apparently they do them no harm. And he was soft and smooth to touch.....Yep I touched him!
Woo Hoo....Look at me! (ignoring the stylish bushy work clothes ;-) ) Lesleys youngest son has no fear of snakes and is putting me to shame, he was completely at home around this big specimen!
Now that is some snake! His colouring is beautiful and he was soft and smooth and warm from lying in the semi sun. He was pretty heavy too and strong, he had a vice grip on my left hand!
Lesley packed him away in a cloth bag just like the Crocodile Hunter and put him into a box in the car. He and his wife are going to relocate him far away where he will be unlikely to come into human contact again.
Thanks Lesley, I can now sleep in peace which is more than I can say for my guinea fowl who are all huddled together on the floor of the chook pen in a group hug tonight. A few more days and they will forget their nocturnal visitor and be back roosting on their perches in their own pen.
Whew what an exciting day! I'm totally exhausted now so off to bed for a good rest :-)