Photo Credit: Soné Louw

A Snouted Cobra found itself with quite the injury, thankfully a group of organisations collaborated to give it surgery and a safe recovery space.


Johannesburg, South Africa (09 June 2020) – Collaboration between animal welfare organisations has played a vital role in thousands of lives being saved. Recently, a Snouted Cobra, also known as a banded Egyptian cobra, was rescued, found to have a perforated bowel, operated on and rehabilitated all thanks to several dedicated people.

This Snouted cobra (Naja annulifera) was rescued by snake handler Deon Jonck. It was admitted to the Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital as it had a large laceration on the side of its body. Dr Dorianne Elliott examined the snake and found that his bowel was perforated too. While the snake was under anaesthesia, she cleaned his abdominal cavity, reconstructed his bowel, and neatly sutured his wound. The surgery on the snake was intricate but was successful!

Photo Credit: Soné Louw

After the successful surgery, the snake was transferred to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital for the remainder of his recovery. He was given pain medication and antibiotics, and his wound has since healed beautifully.

The team are on the final step of the snouted cobra’s recovery. They now only need to witness the snakes first shedding to ensure there are no problems. This level of care is awe-inspiring, especially because snakes are so feared. Once the team can confirm there are no problems, the snake will be safely released back into the wild, away from populated areas.

“Now that his stitches are out, we are waiting for him to shed. This is to ensure that his wound did not result in scar tissue that might cause problems when he feeds. Thereafter, he will be released in a safe location.

Thank you SO much to the wonderful team at OP for always collaborating with us and to Deon Jonck for saving the snake. Thank you also to Grant and Trent Fairley for all in-house snake assistance.

We treat indigenous animals free of charge, relying solely on the donations and support of our community.”

Below are the various donation options for the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital.


Paypal:… (For USA and international-based donors)

Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account
Account nr: 62658400264
Branch code: 255355
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ

Photo Credit: Ashleigh Pienaar
Photo Credit: Ashleigh Pienaar

Sources: The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital
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