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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:06 pm 
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Glad to hear he is ok.

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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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Also glad he is ok....I wondered why he had to travel all the way back to Johannesburg?


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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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Some more news from Wiggie posted to SABirdNet at 11:59 on Tuesday 3 Feb. I get the digest version so only saw it this morning.

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Morning Everyone

Tuesday's news on Geoff.

Professor Graham Alexander, the herpetologist from Wits University, has seen Geoff, and told him that it'll be 5 or 6 days before he's out of the woods. He's also confused as to the symptoms, and said it's not typical of a Boomslang bite, so if anyone has a good photo of the snake in the tree on the Saturday, please let me know, so you can pass it on to Graham for him to get a better idea of what the snake looked like/size etc. The question has to be asked as to whether it was in fact the actual culprit.

I spoke to a Dr. Roger Blaylock this morning, who's one of the foremost authorities in South Africa on the management of snakebites (he's apparently had dealings with Milpark regarding Geoff), and says Geoff is fine. His blood count has improved, and a count for an iron-something (didn't get the medical term!) in the blood, which should be at 1.0, is now down to 1.3.

Having said that, his kidney's have stopped functioning, and he's going to go onto dialysis. They're not sure if it's the venom or the serum that has caused this, but Geoff is quite cheerful, and seems as though he'll have to work through a process before being all clear!

The Star and Die Beeld visited him yesterday, and there are articles and photo's of his "dirty foot" (Cynthia's words, not mine!) in the papers this morning.

I'll update you all once I've heard more.

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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:11 am 
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Eish, that's the trouble with snakebites. If it doesn't kill you outright it messes up your entire system. Thanks for keeping us updated Francois.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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I suppose, because the bite is so rare, it would be difficult to know what to expect.

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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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The Boomslang is a back-fanged species with small fixed fangs set far back on the jawbone, usually under the eyes.
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Bites are very rare, usually amateur and professional handlers being the victims. The boomslang has variable colour - from uniform green (usually male) to brown, black or brick red.
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It's seen most during the day, very shy and non-aggressive. The common or polyvalent antivenom doesn't neutralize its venom so a one of a kind or monovalent antivenom has to be used. It can only be obtained in confirmed cases of Boomslang bites. [Please, I am not a fundi on snakes so stand corrected on any errors. I am fascinated by them and have a collection of info I thought may be useful. The pics are NOT mine. The skeleton comes from a pamphlet given to me by a family member who was a handler. The snake from my field guide.]


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 Post subject: Geoff Lockwood bitten by a boomslang at Talamati
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According to the Natal Mercury of Tuesday 3rd February the renowned ornithologist Geoff Lockwood was bitten by a boomslang at Talamati camp whilst photographing an owl in camp. Being experienced he knew that time was on his side so opted for the 500 km drive home to be treated at the Milpark Hospital.

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 Post subject: Re: Geoff Lockwood bitten by a boomslang at Talamati
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Hi Penny,
you can read more about this incident and his progress Here

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 Post subject: Re: Boomslang
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Glad to hear he is ok :D :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Boomslang
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Francoisd is keeping us posted with his condition in Chit-chat under the thread 'Rare snakebite at Talamati'. Sorry, I can't post links from my cellphone.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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Thanks for that info GP

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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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I do think that it is very valuable information.

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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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Thanks GP! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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Thank you for the update Francois! Will keep him in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery!

Will constantly pop in here to see if there is more news. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Rare snakebite at Talamati
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My SO & I popped in to see Geoff this morning. Whilst he's not out of the woods yet all the signs are enouraging and he's looking good and feeling much better than the numbers on his blood work would suggest and his kidney function is slowly improving.

What's even better is that his sense of humour has definitely survived - he told us he'd been 'standing on his soap box' the previous day disputing the fact that you had to shove your hand down a boomslangs throat to get bitten, if only he'd know he'd have added 'stick around until tomorrow & I'll show you!'

He also said that the messages & good wishes were fantastic & thanks to everyone for their support


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