Brave contestants devour bugs in bush tucker trial to help save Amazon rainforest

Brave contestants devour bugs in bush tucker trial to help save Amazon rainforest

Patrick Ingram, 9, meets Jeffy the iguana at the Essex Reptile open day

Owner Kim Wade with Jeffy the iguana

Lewis Eayres, 4, at the Essex Reptile open day

Liam Kempen, 6, at the Essex Reptile open day

Ray Goodwins, 34, eyes up some deep fried crickets at the bush tucker trial

Ray Goodwins, 34, eyes up some deep fried crickets at the bush tucker trial

Ray Goodwins, 34, eyes up some deep fried crickets at the bush tucker trial

Toby Draper, 27, makes friends with Ruby the Suriname boa constrictor

Toby Draper, 27, makes friends with Ruby the Suriname boa constrictor

Toby Draper, 27, makes friends with Ruby the Suriname boa constrictor

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Brave contestants devoured gruesome creepy crawlies in a bush tucker trial to help save the Amazon rainforest.

Essex Reptile in South Street, Braintree, was not such a far cry from the tropics on Monday as animal-lovers of all ages turned out for their summer open day.

Despite the downpours, six visitors ate platefuls of live morio worms, deep fried locusts and salted caramel crickets in the gruelling I’m A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here themed trial.

Visitors also got to handle Ruby the Suriname boa constrictor, Sydney the American striped skunk and Bert the runaway tortoise, who was found on the A130.

For the full story, see this week's Braintree and Witham Times.

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9:31pm Fri 29 Aug 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Well, well, well……..

Here we are in 2014, the year when three people in three separate prosecutions have already been fined an average of over £400 each (not to mention associated hefty costs!) for swallowing live fish – namely innocent Carassius Auratus (AKA Goldfish to us plebs) - and yet we even now have the ‘Local Rag’ extolling the bravery of people who feel a compulsion to similarly devour other living creatures viz; poor little ‘morio worms’. One minute happily wriggling their way through life without a care in the world; and the next moment finding themselves fighting a losing battle for survival having been plunged into a heaving cauldron of hot stomach acid and other digestive juices.

And for what reason other than sheer unadulterated voyeurism I ask myself?

Now before anyone berates me on the basis that the poor little fellas who met their dastardly demise in South Street were nothing other than lowly ‘morio worms’, let me draw their attention to the words of one certain soppy dewy eyed professed ‘patron to be’ who so enthusiastically welcomed the advent of this new Braintree Enterprise last November; which were - “what a wonderful idea - I will pop along”.

I wonder how she feels today on learning of the abject cruelty that was inflicted on fellow living creatures for no good reason whatsoever.

After all it was she who did tell us on another occasion ( 29th May 2014 to be precise ) that anything that grows feels pain and that even vegetarians are murderers!

No doubt she will be returning her ‘Essex Reptile’ Loyalty Card toot sweet.
Well, well, well…….. Here we are in 2014, the year when three people in three separate prosecutions have already been fined an average of over £400 each (not to mention associated hefty costs!) for swallowing live fish – namely innocent Carassius Auratus (AKA Goldfish to us plebs) - and yet we even now have the ‘Local Rag’ extolling the bravery of people who feel a compulsion to similarly devour other living creatures viz; poor little ‘morio worms’. One minute happily wriggling their way through life without a care in the world; and the next moment finding themselves fighting a losing battle for survival having been plunged into a heaving cauldron of hot stomach acid and other digestive juices. And for what reason other than sheer unadulterated voyeurism I ask myself? Now before anyone berates me on the basis that the poor little fellas who met their dastardly demise in South Street were nothing other than lowly ‘morio worms’, let me draw their attention to the words of one certain soppy dewy eyed professed ‘patron to be’ who so enthusiastically welcomed the advent of this new Braintree Enterprise last November; which were - “what a wonderful idea - I will pop along”. I wonder how she feels today on learning of the abject cruelty that was inflicted on fellow living creatures for no good reason whatsoever. After all it was she who did tell us on another occasion ( 29th May 2014 to be precise ) that anything that grows feels pain and that even vegetarians are murderers! No doubt she will be returning her ‘Essex Reptile’ Loyalty Card toot sweet. OMPITA [Intl]
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