'Snake whisperer' firefighter dies after snake bite

PETALING JAYA: Famous Malaysian "snake whisperer" firefighter Abu Zarin Hussin has passed away after being bitten by a cobra.

Abu Zarin, 33, passed away at 12.40am on Friday (March 16) after he was attacked by a cobra during an operation in Bentong on Monday (March 12).

When contacted, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Director of Operation Mohd Sani Harul confirmed Abu Zarin's passing.

Mohd Sani said that he was bitten by a cobra at 7.54pm on Monday and was sent to Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital.

Abu Zarin, who was attached to Temerloh fire station, became a viral sensation after he was featured on Internet portals from around the world as well as British tabloids The Daily Mirror and The Daily Mail.

The articles mistakenly identified him as a Thai man who had married his pet snake as he believed it was his dead girlfriend due to its "striking resemblance" to her.

Unfortunately, the images used were actually of Abu Zarin and his pet snake. And no, he was not married to it.

Abu Zarin had conducted snake catching and training classes for firemen, who are often called up to capture the serpents by members of the public who find them in homes or public places.

During those sessions, he taught firemen how to identify the different snake species, especially the venomous ones and their bites, and ways to capture them without killing them.

Abu Zarin's talent in handling snakes even found him a spot at the quarter finals of television program Asia's Got Talent.

It is learnt that Abu Zarin has been on the receiving end of snake bites before.

He was in a coma for two days due to a cobra bite in 2015.

Abu Zarin's body has been transported to his hometown in Kampung Permatang Gading, Pasir Putih, Kelantan to be buried.

He is expected to be buried after Friday prayers.

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