On Friday, hot on the heels of the movie Anaconda trending after it was aired on e.tv, Nair said his beloved family pet, a yellow anaconda, had escaped while her enclosure was being maintained.
“When the enclosures are being maintained the snakes are housed in locked plastic tubs. This is the practise throughout the world. She managed to escape. While the snake is big, we didn’t hear it slither away,” he said at the time.
Nair, who owns “more than a dozen snakes”, said the yellow anaconda was non-venomous.
He did not need a licence to keep a yellow anaconda, he said.
The news of an anaconda on the loose did not seem to invoke fear. Instead, South Africans joked on social media that the snake escaped from the television channel, was going to eat up all the residents in Durban and the film’s stars Ice Cube and Jennifer Lopez were on their way to save the country.