Kamis, Februari 18, 2010

he loves them

Zein has an unusual hobby. It all started some 20 years ago, when Zein was a bricklayer at a construction site on the outskirts of town. He was mixing cement when he suddenly heard a scream : One of his co-workers had found two snakes coiled in the bushes. Zein ran in the direction of where he had heard the scream. Almost all the workers gathered near the place, but at a safe distance from the snakes. Everyone was scared, because someone had said the reptiles were poisonous.
Although scared, too, Zein was the only one who dared to approach the snakes. Using natural instinct rather than skill, he managed to remove the dangerous animals from the site. When people shouted at him to kill them, he said "No." Zein wanted to keep them. When asked why, he couldn't say. From then on, Zein became known as the snake-catcher. Whenever a snake was seen, people would call on Zein to get it.
Zein took care of all the snakes he had caught. He built cages of different sizes to house his snake collection. He fed his pets, and gradually got to know their behavior. Soon he started to breed snakes. The number and the variety of his snakes grew, and news about Zein's unusual hobby spread. On Sunday's, people came to see the snakes. Many of them left some money for the care of the animals.
Then, someone tipped off the local Tourism Bureau about Zein and his snakes. Some officials came to see the collection for themselves, and later invited Zein to the tourism office.
Now Zein is 40 years old and happy with his hobby, which earns him a living. On the day his place was officially opened as a tourist attraction, Zein permanently quit his job as a bricklayer.
Stacks of boxes and cages fill his small house and yard. Inside them are a wide variety of snakes-small, bis snakes, long snakes, fat snakes. Zein know exactly what species each belongs to and he has a pet name for each of them. He enjoys watching the visitors admire his collection and like a professional guide, he tells them everything they want to know about his unusual hobby. Zein is proud that he can, in his own way, help preserve Indonesian fauna.

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