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Posted by W von Papinešu on November 25, 2002 at 17:25:08:
THE STAR (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) 25 November 02 Snake charmer killed while performing
Taiping: The remains of R. Ambarasan, the 23-year-old snake charmer who was bitten to death by a king cobra while performing on Batam Island, Indonesia on Thursday arrived here yesterday.
His remains were later cremated at a private crematorium centre off Taman Semarak here at about 10.30am.
Ambarasan was bitten on the left hand at 8.30pm while performing at the convention centre on Batam Island and died about two hours later in a hospital there.
The troupe, sponsored by a Singapore-based agent, had been performing at the exhibition centre from Nov 16 and was supposed to wrap up its act yesterday.
Hussein Dastagir, a well-known snake charmer said that two weeks ago, another snake charmer who hailed from Kedah also died the same way while performing in Kuantan, Pahang.
With the two recent deaths, he feared that there will be a reduced demand for snake-charming acts.
A member of Ambarasanís act, P. Sivakumar, 32, told reporters that two years ago, Ambarasan was hospitalised for eight days after he was bitten on his lips by a cobra during a show in Kuala Lumpur.
STRAITS TIMES (Singapore) 25 November 02 Cobra strikes back
A King cobra in a snake show struck at the weekend, killing a 23-year-old snake charmer with one bite during a show in Batam, Indonesia.
Mr R. Anbarasan, from Perak, had been a snake charmer for four years and was working at a trade fair.
One of his troupe members said Mr Anbarasan had been trying to coax a snake out of a box.
'When the snake refused, Anbarasan pulled its tail and placed the cobra on the floor. However, without warning, the snake bit his left hand,' he said.
Mr Anbarasan was rushed to a local hospital but died three hours later.