Reptile expert remembers being bitten by king cobra as he collects MBE

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Reptile expert Mark O’Shea has uncovered a king cobra that gave him the bite of his favorite snake, Sleeping Beauty, earlier this year.

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Professor O’Shea, 65, talks about survival after venom seeped through his sock when a 10-foot reptile bit his shoe, and about seven-year-old trying to catch a wild adder. Later he fell in love with snakes.

The lead vet spoke with the PA news agency at Windsor Castle where she was awarded an MBE by the Princess Royal for her snakebite research.


Professor O’Shea, who wore a patterned tie of lizards, crocodiles and snakes, said: “I met my first snake at a zoo and it was a boa constrictor, and it was six years older than my length. was double.

“When I was seven years old, I saw a yogi in the forest in this country.

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“He was a wild snake, and I tried to catch him and luckily failed.

“After that I had a pet grass snake named The Escapist, as she used to do all the time.

“I just became fascinated by snakes and other people didn’t like them, which I guess made me something more like them.

“Every time I learned something about him it raised more questions.

“I’ve been around snakes for six decades now and I haven’t stopped learning.

“I’m still ‘finding new species’ and discovering new behavior that I haven’t seen before.”

“I look forward to moving forward, and now being a professor at the University of Wolverhampton I am in a position to try and encourage the next generation of veterinarians.

“So it’s gone full circle for me.”

Mark O’Shea, Professor of Herpetology at the University of Wolverhampton, has been appointed an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Princess Royal (Aaron Chown/PA).

Prof O’Shea said he had suffered several serious snake bites over the years.

“I probably had my first venomous snake bite in 1975 and three weeks after a small boy in Scotland died from an adder bite.

“He was the last fatality in this country,” he said.

“The hospital I went to was epidemic because they thought I was going to die, and I was the only one who knew I wasn’t going to.”

Prof O’Shea also needed hospital treatment when his favorite snake bit his shoe, causing scratches on his toes that could have been fatal, and he later returned the reptile after an operation. Raised for health.

She said: “He was a cute snake, we called him Sleeping Beauty because he had an operation once and ketamine kept him down for four days and nights, 100 hours.

“I had to put her in a box and I had to set my alarm for five minutes every hour, I would wag her tail to wake her up.

“It took me 100 hours to wake her up, and she lived long after that.

“King cobras are awesome, they’re my favorite snake, there’s something going on behind those eyes, there’s something special about them.

“It looks like they’re almost engaging you.”

Prof O’Shea said he also spoke with Anne about her experience with snakebites and visiting victims in Zambia.

He said: “The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to reduce snakebite mortality by 50% by 2030, which will be tremendous as it claims 38,000 lives a year and Disables 400,000 people in the U.S., pushing families into poverty and leaving survivors with PTSD.

“To be able to publicize it has been neglected for a long time, and my MBE helping to publicize it is much more than what I could have dreamed of.”


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