- Kate Wilson

Sienna, a spitting cobra and a childhood less ordinary

In 2013, as I started Mulberry Mongoose, I was also lucky enough to welcome our first daughter into the world.


Sienna was born in Johannesburg returning to Zambia at just ten days old. But her arrival home got off to a bumpy start when a spitting cobra turned up in our bedroom just as we were putting her to sleep! My husband, Dave, saw it rise up in anger, hood flared and focused on him. He patiently faced it down for a long 10 minutes until the snake relaxed, before rushing Sienna out of the room. When we returned the snake had vanished. At exactly the same time the next night, I felt something hit my face; the furious snake was on our bathroom door and had spat at me. Only then did Dave manage to get the snake out of our house. As terrifying as it was Sienna smiled her way through the whole drama oblivious to the commotion!

Sienna quickly adjusted to her life in the Zambian bush and still happily falls asleep to the distant call of lions.



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