28 July - 1950 - The Life-Saving Sacrifice of the Young Snake Catcher

On this day in 1950 in Cairns, amateur herpetologist Kevin Budden caught a Taipan to start Australia’s anti-venom program for that deadly species. He died in the process. But his sacrifice saved the lives of many people — at least one of whom then saved other lives. Today’s episode tells the story of this forgotten hero — and includes an interview about Kevin’s legacy with Brendan James Murray, author of Venom: The Heroic Search For Australia’s Deadliest Snake.


 

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