On Dec. 26th, 2020, Pete was bitten in the calf by a Fer-de-lance viper while patroling the Costa Rican jungle in the Osa Peninsula, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The Fer-de-lance is the most deadly snake in the Americas. Updates about Pete’s condition will be posted on our Earthrace Conservation Facebook page.
Pete used his Facebook account to report the accident and thank the Costa Rican authorities for his prompt rescue. He saying “if a poisonous snake is going to bite you, it is better to happen in Costa Rica”. The country has one of the most advanced centers for the study and development of anti-ophidic serums in the world. The Clodomiro Picado Institute, which during 2020 also developed a reconvalescent equine serum to administer to Covid19-positive patients, waiting to generate a rapid antibody response.
Pete remains hospitalized and has added several videos to social media reporting the progress of his recovery. Captain Pete’s companions have created a Gofund Me to help cover the costs of Pete’s treatment in Costa Rica. Those interested can enter through the following link to make their donation. GoFundMe Pete Bethune