In an ironical twist of fate, a Malaysian man, famous for his snake-handling skills, died after being bitten by a cobra.
Abu Zarin Hussin, a firefighter, first shot to fame after a British tabloid published a story incorrectly identifying him as a Thai man who’d allegedly married his pet snake. Mr Hussin had trained other firefighters on how to handle snakes.
But Hussin was hospitalized on Monday after being bitten by a cobra during a snake-catching operation.
According to local news sources, the 33-year-old who lived in Pahang, often taught other firemen how to identify different snake species and how to capture them. He also took part in the television programme, Asia’s Got Talent, where he pulled off the daring act of “kissing” a snake. In 2016, a story was published in Thai media – and later in several UK tabloids – naming Mr Hussin as a Thai man who married a snake, believing it to be his “reincarnated girlfriend”.
Mr Hussin, who had four pet snakes at home to better understand their behaviour, had told reporters: “They used my photos and started making up stories, saying that I married a snake.”