In South Africa, a farmer in a lonely, rural area, has hit on a novel way of protecting his home from burglars -- snakes.
GV PAN Danie Malherbe on sheep farm
SCU PULL BACK GV Mr. Malherbe holding puff adder (2 shots)
SV Puff adder sliding along ground
SCU Mr. Malherbe holding snake as reporter interviews off camera
SV PAN Mr. Malherbe taking snake into house
SV INTERIOR Mr. Malherbe places snake on bed; it crawls under mattress
SV Mr. Malherbe and family watch as snake crawls across bed (2 shots)
CU Warning signs in Afrikaan on door of house
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 4):
REPORTER: "Do you not think it is dangerous to leave this kind of snake in the house -- this dangerous snake?"
MALHERBE: "But they could put your signs on the doors and your windows properly."
REPORTER: "But they could get under the floorboards and not be found."
MALHERBE: "Not the puff adder of this kind. It might stay on the floor or maybe on your bed, or in any cosy place, but it will not try to get away at any time."
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Background: In South Africa, a farmer in a lonely, rural area, has hit on a novel way of protecting his home from burglars -- snakes. Danie Malherbe, who lives near the Western Cape town of Paarl, first began using snakes for security near his cattle and sheep pens to scare off rustlers. That was the last of his troubles. Nowadays, he keeps snakes inside his house as well, and never has any burglaries. His favourite is the puff adder, a hooded snake so dangerous the poison from its bite it can kill in half an hour. Mr. Malherbe personally is at home with his snakes, and picks them up and fondles them without risk. Outside, a warning on the door tells all potential burglars of the risk inside. Now he has gone into business, renting out his snakes at about three dollars a day to householders fearful of burglaries. But so far he has had only one reply. Most people, apparently, prefer the risk of burglary to having a snake in the house.