What started off as an ordinary Saturday morning for two Bulawayo teenagers, hanging out in their neighbourhood and surfing the internet on their mobile phones, turned out to be an odd and inexplicable, yet interesting day.
Aaron Sawu (19) and Alexander Simela (18), yesterday got the shock of their lives when a two-metre black mamba they had killed and chopped off its head, mysteriously vanished, right under their noses.
The two friends, both of Four Winds low-density suburb in Bulawayo, related their startling experience to the media. According to the two teenagers, it was around 11am yesterday when they were outside Cresta Churchill Hotel along Matopos Road where they were using the hotel's free wifi to surf the internet, when a huge black mamba emerged from a nearby bushy area.
"The snake almost bit me, but I am lucky to have managed to react quickly. We both ran for dear life. We then teamed up with one of our friends, Chad Sibanda (PICTURED ABOVE) and stoned the snake until it died. To make sure it was dead, we had to chop off its head," Sawu said.
The 19-year-old Lower Six pupil at Christian Brothers College (CBC) said after they had chopped off the snake's head, they went to a friend's house across the road from Cresta Hotel, to alert elders about what had happened.
"When we returned, hardly a minute later, the snake was gone but its head was still there. Up to now none of us can explain what really happened. It's shocking," he said.
Simela, who is an Upper Six pupil at CBC added: "It couldn't have been taken by dogs or anything because when we killed it there were no dogs around. Besides, we did not take long inside the house such that if there was anything or anyone who took the snake we would have seen it happen.
"I had never seen such a big snake in my life, and with what happened, the shock is even much worse."