History of American life who has had more than 170 snake bites
• History of American life who has had more than 170 snake bites
Bites of venomous snakes are deadly, but there are people who own example proves that every rule has exceptions. American Bill Haast famously opened his own Serpentarium in Miami, where he kept rattlesnakes. His players he had suffered for his life more than 170 bites, but he died at the age of 100 years.
Serpentarium Haast - perhaps not the most famous attraction in Florida. Annual submission of Haast visited more than 50 thousand tourists, they watched with a sinking heart that serpentolog bare hands took their charges without fear of bites, and began to milk them.
For many years, Haast was trying to prove that develop immunity to snake venom and using it as a medicine, it can cure various diseases, including multiple sclerosis and lupus, arthritis and Parkinson's disease. Haast suggested using a "cocktail" of five venom of snakes - cobras, water copperhead snake, Krait, mambas and rattlesnake. Needless to say that such experiments would not approve any public body.
In order to develop immunity, Bill Haast made regular injections containing snake venom, he gradually increased the dose. Bill my entire adult life was busy with snakes, so milk them was a matter of habit. I collect snakes he started at age 16, as soon as he graduated from the school to the 19 years he has made it quite professionally. During the war, Bill served in the air, he traveled to South America, Africa and India, and, on this occasion, brought to America a few snakes, including his first cobra. In those years, the law has not yet banned the transportation of snakes on a plane, however, the crew members are not happy neighborhood with reptiles.
Serpentarium was founded in 1947. In the first five years, he was engaged only in Haast family - himself, his wife and young son. Bill Jr. four times the victim of snakes and soon completely lost interest in the business of his father. Haast is itself set a record, got into the Guinness Book: by mid-2008, he had already received 172 bite. This was reminiscent of the absence of several fingers. Critical proved one of cobra bites that Haast was in the 1950s. Then he got to the hospital, the strongest ordered vaccine from India for him, but serpentolog refused to apply it, and he soon recovered.
Haast often performed blood donor in cases where it was urgent to save patients from snakebites. All thanks to him were saved about 20 lives. In 1950 Haast donated blood for the researchers from the University of Miami to develop a polio vaccine.
The serpentarium Haast everyone could closely interact with the snakes. It is worth noting that the strict security rules were introduced after 1977 into the pit to the 12-pound crocodile nicknamed pechenyushki fallen child of six. The incident ended the child's death, although he had for 20 years a crocodile does not tarnished its reputation. The incident shocked the Haast so that the next day he shot a pet.
After the incident Haast officially withdrew from Serpentarium cases, although in fact the tourists come here until 1984.
On the left - pumping venom; Right - public performance.