Snake whisperer Abu Zarin Hussin watches TV, plays soccer and reads bedtime stories to his 14ft venomous King Cobras. Despite being bitten eight times – once almost fatally – and ending up in a coma twice, Abu is totally devoted to his scaly friends, and has no intention of ever giving up his perilous pets.
The 32-year-old, from Kelantan, Malaysia, followed in the footsteps of his snake handler father and became a specialist snake handler in the fire service. But despite the love for his work, Abu accepts that snake handling is not for the fainthearted.
He said: “The pain from a snake bite is very severe to the point that you can’t even describe it.“The worst bite would have to be the eighth time. I did not realise that the snake was bleeding from its head.
As well as educating others, Abu makes sure to follow all of the safety precautions before allowing anyone to take photos or ‘pet’ his venomous snakes; King, Chip and Cik Din.