• Short Summary

    THE TEMPTATION OF A SMALL BET ON A SURE THING IS HARD TO RESIST, BUT FEW PEOPLE WOULD FANCY THE WAGER UNDERTAKEN THIS MONTH BY 19 YEAR OLD DARYL DANDRIDGE, OF JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.

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    THE TEMPTATION OF A SMALL BET ON A SURE THING IS HARD TO RESIST, BUT FEW PEOPLE WOULD FANCY THE WAGER UNDERTAKEN THIS MONTH BY 19 YEAR OLD DARYL DANDRIDGE, OF JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. HE AGREED TO SPEND A WEEK IN A GLASS WALLED PIT, ALONE WITH TEN LARGE PYTHONS, FOR GBP25.

    WAITING IN THE PIT AT TRANSVAAL SNAKE PARK, HALFWAY HOUSE, TRANSVAAL, WERE HIS "HOSTS", ALL BETWEEN EIGHT AND TWELVE FEET LONG. DARYL, A WILD LIFE ENTHUSIAST, HAD TAKEN A BET WITH MR. CECIL TASKER, ASSISTANT CURATOR AT THE PARK, WHO DARED HIM TO SPEND A DAY WITH THE PYTHONS. DARYL PROMPTLY BET HIM HE WOULD SPEND A WEEK WITH THEM.

    DARYL, WHO HAS BEEN CATCHING SNAKES FOR SOME YEARS. SAID "SOME OF THESE SNAKES ARE QUITE CHEEKY AND BITE LIKE DOGS." BUT ALTHOUGH A PYTHONS TEETH ARE SEVERAL INCHES LONG AND CAN INFLICT A SEVERE BITE, THEY ARE NOT POISONOUS. THE REAL DANGER WAS THAT THEY WOULD TRY TO CRUSH HIM IN THEIR COILS, OFTEN AS THICK AS A MAN'S LEG.

    AT NIGHT, THE SNAKES, ATTRACTED BY DARYL'S BODY HEAT TRIED TO SLITHER INTO HIS BED. "THERE WAS JUST NOT ENOUGH SPACE FOR BOTH OF US," SAID DARYL AFTER A 12 FOOTER TRIED TO SHARE HIS SLEEPING BAG. OFTEN IN THE MORNING HE FOUND ONE OF THE SMALLER SNAKES CURLED UP WITH HIM. MOST OF THE TIME THE SNAKES WERE CONTENTED TO JUST WATCH OR WRAP AROUND HIM BUT OCCASIONALLY 'SEBA', A FEMALE LOST HER TEMPER AND TRIED TO BITE, SO DARYL CARRIED A MAGAZINE TO FEND OFF HER FANGS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9EL1XPWFCY8JDM9RLEQ9XBFHR
    Media URN:
    VLVA9EL1XPWFCY8JDM9RLEQ9XBFHR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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