FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: JANUARY 4, 2014
TWIN GOATS WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR
These little cuties were born late on New Year’s night. The black one is a little boy and the “paint” is a girl.
We still have at least 25 mommy goats about to bingo. Should be an “interesting month” with babies running all around.
RAINY SEASON PROVOKES NATURAL DANGERS
Danger exists in the bush on a daily basis from snakes, but “ all dangerous slithering critters” increase their movements greatly in the rainy season. Our area suffers from flash floods, pouring 1 to 2 inches (25 to 50 cm) of rain in one to 2 hours. This fills the RAT TUNNELS with water, driving out those using them for shelter. Snakes chase rats into the holes and then stay there to digest their prey. Our huge 5–6 inch ARMORED BLACK SCORPION also uses the rat holes for refuge. We never see them except in the rainy season when water fills their holes, and then out they come in droves, looking for dry homes.
I found this 5 inch Armored Black Scorpion near my back door this week.
We nicely measured and took its photo before crushing it with a machete. These scorpions have a huge stinger that packs a mild venom which is rarely fatal to humans. A bite to an adult provides about 24 hours of pain and misery. Going barefoot in the rainy season is NOT recommended.
BE ALERT TO THE WORLD AROUND YOU
I was outside in my driveway just minutes before I sat down to write this blog. I noticed movement up the road a bit. RECOGNIZE and REACT, is our motto around here, for hesitation can get you killed. I yelled COBRA, COBRA, COBRA, and my guard, Daude, came running. But our snake killing bamboo WAS MISSING!!!!! He ran for a short pole about 8 ft (2.4 meters) long, and took off after the snake. It was a BLACK MAMBA, measuring 6 ft. (1.8 meters). I am not afraid to go after a snake with a 12 ft. (4 meter) pole, but NO WAY would I literally run with the snake, having only an 8 ft. pole in my hands. That mamba saw him coming, raised it head about a foot (30 cm) above the ground and raced for the trees. Daude intersected it, and hit it a back breaking blow about halfway down it’s body, just before it reached the thick brush. It took 4 more blows before it stopped striking at him.
DAUDE SHOWS HIS “DEAD” BLACK MAMBA TO THE CAMERA.
I have tried to teach these guys that they need to SEVER the head, and not just crush it to make sure the snake is dead (especially when hitting in in soft dirt). But these guys are a bit hard headed when it comes to changing their snake killing techniques. Right after taking this photo, Daude dug a hole and put the snake in it, leaving the head attached to the body. The snake’s spastic death movements caused the snake’s body to PUSHED THROUGH the dirt, and come out of the hole. You never saw someone move as fast as he did, thinking that snake was still alive. I got a good laugh out of it, and told them “See, I told you to CUT the head off. Next time do it and then you know it’s dead.”
It pays to stay prayed up for you never know what you’ll come across around the next corner. We have daily devotions with all our workers, and we always include SAFETY for everyone in our closing prayer. Daude is a 19 year old enthusiastic Christian, and his angels were definitely on duty today. Going after a big mamba with a short stick is not the wisest thing to do, but the Lord protected him as the snake struck at him several times while he was trying to kill it.
Just 2 days ago, one of my non-Christian workers was digging a drainage ditch behind my house when he was struck at by a snake which was hidden in the grass. I’m grateful that the Lord honors our prayers for ALL our workers (saved and unsaved), because the snake only hit his pants legs, and didn’t manage to bite him before it fled into the bushes and got away.
JESUS’ RETURN IS VERY NEAR.
Be very observant to the “ enemy’s pitfalls” in the world around you, for Satin is waiting for an opportunity to strike. Don’t play around with him, CUT HIS HEAD OFF with the Sword of the Spirit (God’s Word). Worldly distractions will keep you from “seeing the attacker”. Deception and confusion are his best tools.
Pray using the Name of JESUS, the Blood of Jesus, and the Word of God. The 3 most powerful tools the Lord gave us. Use them and no weapon formed against you can prosper.
I’ve survived 3 mamba strikes, so am a living testimony that the NAME OF JESUS is all powerful and works EVERY TIME.
Happy New Year, Bush Bunny Brenda and her brave Balama Staff