Out of so many wildlife ‘experts’ Coyote Peterson has to be one of the least smart people in the world to actually allow a desert centipede to bite him. He likes to state that he’s not a fearless man but likes to face his fears by taking them head on and allowing various creatures to bite him. Just listening to this intro my brain kind of fried for a minute upon trying to think of why someone would ever bother to let this happen. If you’ve heard that the pain from the bite of a certain creature is painful and can cause problems for the human body, then it might be wiser to take the word of those that have gone through it and assume that they’re not lying, especially if the bites have been documented. But some people want to learn, and teach, by doing.
Just watching the lead-in to the capture of the centipede is something that makes me wince and cringe since it’s all about ratings and continuing the notice of the show. But if a creature like this is actually RUNNING AWAY from you, let it be. If it has that kind of reputation for having such a painful bite then by all means just STAY AWAY from the nasty critter. All that’s going to happen later on is that the centipede will have become agitated, perhaps even angry in its own way, and will do whatever it takes to vent that frustration on you. Chances are it would rather run and preserve its own life, but of course Petersen is not willing to let that happen.
He was actually responding to requests by fans to let this happen, and he decided to go through with it. I used to think that Steve Irwin, rest in peace, was one of the foolish people to ever walk the face of the earth since he made his living by being near some of the most dangerous creatures in the world. But his type of educating was done to actually show people just how amazing and possibly dangerous a creature could be. He might have been bitten a few times but that wasn’t the point of the show. Peterson is actually LETTING these creatures bite him to ‘face his fears’. Most creatures will not attack unless they’re agitated in some way, which is why he’s been able to handle various poisonous spiders. But he’s daring enough to let some of the creatures that he’s featured on the show to let them bite him.
He’s claiming to do it for science and curiosity but does stupidity count? It seems like the warning that came before he allowed himself to be bitten wasn’t really needed because no one in their right mind would attempt to capture one of these things unless they had the means and the desire to keep it well-contained and possibly use it as bait for something else. I guess Peterson is at least equipped with the items that he might need such as an epipen and a satellite phone in case of an emergency. But this seems just, well, dumb.