A snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show “Snake Salvation” has died after being bitten by a snake.
According to a news release from the Middlesboro Police Department, someone called for rescue workers about 8:30 p.m. Saturday regarding a snake-bite victim at a church.
When the ambulance arrived, they were told that Jamie Coots had gone home. Contacted at his house, Coots declined treatment. Emergency workers left around 9 p.m. When they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead.
Coots was caught in January 2013 transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads through Knoxville, Tenn., for his church. Wildlife officials confiscated the snakes, and Coots pleaded guilty to illegal wildlife possession. He was given one year of unsupervised probation.
There probably is a Law which stops these idiots from getting within five miles of deadly animals and even deadlier venomous snakes, but there’s probably something in the Constitution which states that they’re gonna’ die anyway, so why not just let the ‘stupid’ come right out, and get it over and done with. The only caveat I would make is to ensure that the deadly animal, snake, whatever; isn’t harmed in any way whatsoever: after all, they are just behaving perfectly naturally!