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Video: Seven-year-old wrangles snake on Nicoya Peninsula

February 13, 2019

I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a strict stay-far-away-from-snakes policy.

That’s apparently not the case for Hunter, a 7-year-old junior firefighter with Bomberos de Nosara on the Nicoya Peninsula.

Hunter and his father, Ryan Kerr-Bombard, who is the (adult) chief of firefighters, responded to a snake relocation call for a Boa imperator that had been trying to eat a dog.

The 1.8-meter snake is nonvenomous, and Kerr-Bombard says Hunter “has proven the ability to handle snakes safe and well.”

We’ll let Hunter — who is braver than I’ll ever be — take it from here:

Kerr-Bombard said Bomberos de Nosara does not permit Hunter to handle any venomous snakes.

Bomberos de Nosara is a volunteer fire department that is not affiliated with Costa Rica’s Firefighters Corps.

The Boa imperator was not harmed and was transported to a safe location.


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