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    Parks abandons search for cobra after family fails to pay $20

    ELIZABETH MASHIRI
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    GWERU – The National Parks has been accused of putting a Gweru family in a life-threatening situation after its rangers abandoned a search for three snakes suspected to have invaded the spare bedroom because $20 could not be paid for the work.
    Memory Misichili said three cobras invaded her home at around 10pm on Sunday night and the family was forced to sleep at a local lodge. The next day the family invited the National Parks to come and kill the snakes and they were paid $10 an hour each.
    However, the rangers did not find the snakes after one hour and decided to leave because the family could not pay more, said Misichili.
    When The Mirror arrived at the house, a desperate Misichili said she was going to find somewhere to stay with her family as she was convinced that the snakes were there hiding somewhere in the house.
    National Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Tinashe Farawo said his organisation charges snake search fees but can do the work for free if there is a life threatening situation.
    "Yes we charge a fee to search for snakes, the only snake we do not charge for a Python because it is protected. However when human life is threatened we assist for free in order to protect life," said Farawo.
    "The rangers are saying that they have done a thorough search and the snakes must have left the house but l am not going to sleep here because l still believe the snakes are in there hiding somewhere.
    "The only reason why the rangers did not continue with the search is because we cannot pay a further $20 for another hour.
    "Yesterday we paid for a lodge and slept there. The Parks is asking for $20 an hour and we don't have anymore money. We cannot sleep in this house because as you can see, my kids are terrified," said Misichili
    She said that the rangers told her that the money she paid was for bullets.
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