A big part of the BDF's job is anti-poaching efforts in remote areas of the country. Soldiers are trained in how to deal with the wild animals they will encounter in the bush. This means they have a collection of wild snakes, hyenas, big cats, and other wildlife for training purposes!
They brought some of them to display for the day. Including a giant constrictor.
They were using this apparently "tame" snake to drape over anyone's shoulders who wanted a picture with it! No way was I going to do that!!
Later, when they were packing up, they put the snake in a big dog kennel -- with the door open -- and just left it there to chillax. I panicked when I realized that's where it was and Nile was hopping around toward it! If anything would trigger an animal like that, I would think the easy prey of a child would!
This was a "baby" lion. I didn't like the way it was looking at Nile.
But she couldn't have been more excited.
These guys are apparently highly trained in snake handling. I still didn't want to get too close, this snake was PISSED.
Have lion, will travel.
Nile was worn out by the time we headed home!