Pet stingray called Steve Irwin puts owner in hospital just DAYS after he bought it
A pet stingray called Steve Irwin sunk its 3-inch barb into his owner just days after the man bought it. Owner James Hunt, 23, was in hospital for three days after he was attacked by his newly-bought venomous motoro stingray.
Mr Hunt was moving the stingray from one tank to another at his flat in Southend, Essex when the usually placid sea creature attacked, leaving Mr Hunt in excruciating pain.
Ironically, the pet was named after the gregarious Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin, who was tragically killed by a stingray in 2006.
Mr Hunt said: ‘I felt like I was dying. The pain in my arm was excruciating. ‘I was in agony. The intense pain was spreading from my wrist to my elbow, then it started going towards my shoulder. He was rushed to hospital where he doctors treated the painful symptoms from the stingray’s barbed stinger following the incident on Bank Holiday Monday in late August.
Luckily for Mr Hunt, his partner Danielle Wright, 22, and his brother Shane, 30 and his partner Victoria Long, 27, were with him at the time. He said: ‘I am just thankful I wasn’t on my own.
‘They gave me oxygen and morphine in hospital, but I was still screaming in pain. I must have sounded like I was in labour. ‘I remember asking the doctors to not let me die, but I tried to keep calm because if you panic it makes the venom spread faster.’
Steve Irwin was one of two 15-inch stingrays that Mr Hunt had bought for £150 from a private seller on August 25. He was attempting to move the rays to a new 6ft, 1000-litre tank the next day when disaster struck.
Mr Hunt said: ‘I had just moved down from Sunderland to Southend with my partner and bought them from someone in Derbyshire on the way down. ‘I picked them up and put them in a tank when we moved into the flat and there was no problem, but I think they must have been a bit tired because of the journey.
‘The next day they had more energy and I got one out of the tank and got half way to the other one when it stung me with its barb.’ The pet owner, who has kept fish for five years, told how his stingrays shared a tank with other tropical species including two oscars, a black belt, a red devil, a pleco and a red tail catfish.
And despite a painful start, Mr Hunt intends to keep the stingrays. He said: ‘It was my fault. I knew they could be dangerous and I just took a chance. ‘I was tired from the move and only had three hours sleep. I won’t be doing that again. ‘The swelling has gone down a bit, but my hand is still pretty numb.’
Mr Hunt, who is unemployed, faces several weeks of physiotherapy and is on a course of antibiotics to ensure the wound does not become infected.
Source : MailOnline
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