May 21, 2019

Snake sanctuary owner killed by snake

What? What did I do?

Luke Yeomans, the owner of a Nottinghamshire snake sanctuary has died after apparently being bitten by one of his own animals.

Yeomans, 47, was due to open the King Cobra Sanctuary, in Eastwood, to the public this weekend.

Nottinghamshire police say they were called to a property in Brookhill Leys Road, near Eastwood, where Mr Yeomans had suffered a suspected heart attack and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers confirmed the snake had been contained and there was no danger to the public.

The Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death was under way.

When interviewed by the BBC earlier this year, Mr Yeomans said he had started the sanctuary in 2008, in reaction to the depletion of the snake’s natural habitat in the forests of south-east Asia and India.

He said he had always been obsessed with snakes, catching his first adder at the age of seven and sharing his bedroom with a collection of gaboon vipers and Indian cobras in his teens.

At the age of 16 he opened his first pet shop, specialising in snakes and other reptiles and two years on he started to breed his own.

Mr Yeomans compared his passion for snakes with other people’s obsessions with fast cars.

“People do say that I am mad but I say it’s better than people saying you’re bad. I think everything I am doing is good,” he said.

It is a sad end for Luke, but at least he was doing what he loved and following his dream. I can’t say there would be too many others around with the venomous snake dream but that is cool, we are all different.