Ecopsychologist and HoutBayer, Jeffrey Rink was taking his usual Sunday walk on the Hout Bay beach (9th November 2014) when he came across this massive Cape Cobra who was also out to enjoy the view.
He ensured it's safety, and that of beach walkers and dogs and eventually managed to 'herd' it to safety on the grassed dunes about 100 meters away.
The story was picked up and posted on our facebook group Hout Bay Organised and in no time the pics went viral. News outlets like ECNA, Cape Talk, 5fm, Die Burger, Huisgenoot to mention just a few ran with the story within hours. The next day most daily newspapers covered the story on their front page!
Twitter had thousands of comments ranging from shock/horror to the quite amusing:
"Finally Hout Bay dogwalkers have started carrying poop bags"
"Hout Bay dogs now keeping to the right side of the beach of their own accord"
Jeffrey Rink is a reknowned ecopsychologist -visit website for more info
UPDATE: Probably the funniest post came from UK rag the Mirror who described Hout Bay as "the world's most dangerous beach?" shark infested etc- by the way snake sightings are incredibly rare and we haven't spotted a shark in our bay in years! Read the tabloid treatment here!