Teenager allows venomous snake to bite him till death

Teenager allows venomous snake to bite him till death
Published: 2015 November 14 11:13:16 (13354 Views)
A teenager killed himself by letting his highly venomous pet cobra repeatedly bite him "several times" on the arm, according to an autopsy report.

Grant Thompson, 18, was discovered unresponsive inside the front of his car in a parking lot in Austin, Texas, with puncture wounds to his arm in July.

The SUV was filled with caged tarantulas and snakes but the cage of his highly poisonous monocled cobra was open and the snake was missing.

The teen's body showed no signs of struggle with the reptile, the report said.

Shortly before his death, Mr Thompson wrote an ominous final message on Facebook that read: "I'm sorry".



A medical examiner said the teenager, who worked at his family's pet store, had a "history of suicidal ideation".

His death has been ruled a suicide committed using his venomous pet cobra, a judge's office in Williamson County said.

He died at St. David's Round Rock Medical Center after going into cardiac arrest.

The cobra went missing after the incident and was found two days later in the grass a short distance from Mr Thompson's car.

Also found in the vehicle was a non-venomous snake in a crate, six tarantulas and one bullfrog, all later taken to Austin Reptile Rescue, police said.

Mr Thompson's grieving mother told New York Daily News that her son had a lifelong passion for animals.




Source - Mirror

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