Staff at a zoo in South Africa are watching their step after a highly dangerous snake escaped from its enclosure.
Now, desperate staff at the zoo in South Africa’s capital are using infra-red cameras in a bid to find the six-and-a-half foot (two metre) missing reptile – before it finds one of them.
Marketing manager Craig Allenby said he hoped the snake was hiding in the roof of a service building behind its terrarium.
Staff have placed snacks of rats, mice and chicks in the service area in a bid to tempt the snake out, but it has yet to bite.
Mr Allenby’s team is using cameras which can pick up radiation emitted by bodies and even objects as cold-blooded as killer snakes.
Another theory is that the snake may have been stolen. Zoo staff say there is a trade for indigenous reptiles such as Houdini, as they have named the missing mamba.
However despite the uncertainty over the snake’s whereabouts, a Friday night zoo tour and sleepover at the attraction are still going to go ahead – albeit at a distance from the snake enclosure, and with guards on hand.
Mr Allenby told Sowetan Live: ‘We would like to assure the public of our utmost commitment to resolving this issue as quickly as possible.