A South African couple woken up in the middle of the night by the ‘howling wind’ was stunned to find a highly-venomous spitting cobra slithering between their bathroom bottles.
The incident took place at a home in the city of Durban in the eastern South African province of KwaZulu-Natal on 14th November.
The footage shows South African snake expert Jason Arnold catching the Mozambique spitting cobra (Naja mossambica) from under the couple’s fridge after a lengthy stand-off.
Arnold said he received a call from the frightened couple after they were awoken by hissing sounds and bangs coming from the bathroom.
Initially thinking it was the howling wind, the couple eventually got out of bed to investigate, only to discover the highly-venomous spitting cobra among their bathroom products.
The couple sealed the bathroom off with a towel barrier, but the 1.2-metre (3.9-foot) long cobra managed to escape and roamed the house while they called several snake catchers in the area.
By the time Arnold had arrived from two previous callouts, the poisonous snake was lurking under the couple’s fridge.
The snake catcher revealed that he will release the cobra into the wild on a nice warm day this week.
Arnold added that the Mozambique spitting cobra’s name is slightly misleading as they are not only found in Mozambique, and are common in the Durban area as well.
They are also found in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.