Famed Malaysian ‘Snake Whisperer’ Dies From Lethal Cobra Bite

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Hussin, who had been a firefighter for 10 years, taught his colleagues how to capture dangerous snakes.

 

 

Malaysia’s renowned snake handler Abu Zarin Hussin, who wowed TV audiences by showing how to “kiss” snakes, was bitten by a cobra with venom powerful enough "to kill an elephant.”

Hussin, who had earned the name the “snake whisperer,” wowed TV audiences by showing how to "kiss" snakes, mouth to mouth. His fame spread when a story circulated in Thai media claiming he had married a snake, believing it to be the reincarnation of his girlfriend.

He also appeared on TV show "Asia's Got Talent" with a large cobra, in an act that involved him rubbing his nose against the deadly serpent's head.

The 33-year-old followed in the footsteps of his father and became a specialist snake handler in the fire service. Hussin, who was a firefighter for 10 years, taught his colleagues how to capture dangerous snakes. He headed the King Cobra Squad of the fire department, where he trained other firefighters to identify poisonous snakes and to capture them without killing them.

The “snake whisperer” Hussin was rushed to a hospital on Monday after he was bitten by a wild cobra in Bentong, in the state of Pahang.

Confirming his death, Khiruddin Drahman, director of Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department, told the sources that Abu Zarin had responded to a public call while off-duty with his wife.

“The snake he caught was a wild spitting cobra. A single bite can even kill an elephant,” he said.

“We lost a talented officer. It is a tragic event.”

This week was not the first time Hussin was bitten by a snake. The firefighter has previously had close calls with snakes. Abu Zarin Hussin was been bitten by his own pet king cobras eight times. In 2015, he stayed in a coma for two days after receiving a cobra bite.

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