Meet the wedding planner who also saves snakes
Name it coincidence or destiny, however by no means in her wildest goals did Louise Remedios assume she would meet her future husband, Benhail Antao, at a workshop on snakes.
Little did they know that a few years later their adventures with wildlife, together with snakes, can be featured in two seasons of Snake SOS: Goa’s Wildest on the Nationwide Geographic Channel.
It began in 2011 when Louise was working in a 5 star resort in Goa. She determined to attend a presentation by Ben, a conservationist identified within the state for saving snakes and different animals and who works intently with the Forest Service for wildlife safety and conservation.
Talking to HerStory, she recollects, “I sat within the again and by no means thought he’d discover me, however he did. I keep in mind having a dialog within the elevator about wildlife and he was so keen about his work. I wasn’t romantically desirous about him on the time, however we added one another on social media and we have been in contact for an excellent six months.”
In some unspecified time in the future they acquired again to speaking. They went on their first date and Louise grew to become concerned in Ben’s work. It did not take a lot effort as she favored wildlife and animals and having the ability to get her out of sticky conditions and launched into the wild solely added to the joy.
Louise’s father ran a properly established occasions administration firm in Goa. Her father had run it as a one-man present and in 2012 he requested Louise to take over the enterprise.
“After I joined the corporate, I spotted that it was just like the hospitality trade. Quickly I used to be chatting with purchasers for weddings, birthday events and company occasions. It has enabled me to take a holistic strategy to occasion administration. I understood the significance of crew dynamics and employed employees and slowly constructed the enterprise,” she says.
At first she wasn’t positive if she would do 5, ten or 40 weddings and determined to begin small. That, she says, was a tough capsule for her father to take – convincing him to let her fail.
“I instructed him, ‘Let me strive. If I fail, let me fail. If I’ve to rise up, let me do it alone. The primary assembly did not work, or the tenth assembly, however the one centesimal labored, and shortly I began gaining confidence and attracting celebrities to the company,” she provides.
Ben quickly joined the enterprise and helped construction it. Utilizing his technical and analytical expertise, he oversees the manufacturing points that Louise offers instantly with prospects.
Drawn to wildlife
Louise admits she was closely drawn into the world of wildlife as a result of Ben was part of it.
However she’s fast to level out that it is “additionally one thing I take pleasure in doing, since you may give an animal one thing that it will probably by no means repay you.”
“It is selfless as a result of the animal does not even know you are saving it. His first intuition is to assault. After you put it aside, it will probably’t pay you again; that’s the motivating feeling.”
Whereas the job is fraught with danger and hazard, and Louise has been bitten many instances by non-venomous snakes, the previous 10 years of working with Ben have been crammed with “memorable experiences.”
“In a single case there have been seven snakes in an air conditioner – a feminine attracted males because it was mating season. In one other incident on the College of Goa, a bronze backbone was caught within the sliding door. Ben gave directions on what to do over a video name; I needed to take away the screws and work out the best way to get them out. The rescue took about 45 minutes. We determined to let it out on the campus itself, the place it belongs. It shimmered bluish within the solar and the scholars admired the patterns. It is a good way to develop empathy when you possibly can admire one thing,” she shares.
More often than not, Ben takes the lead and Louise helps him by holding the bag or explaining to the group why defending wildlife is crucial.
She explains that it is necessary to know how concern works.
“An individual is born with two sorts of fears – loud noises and concern of falling. All different fears – of snakes, canines or cats – come up once we observe others or have had unhealthy experiences. So it is essential to remember you can inflict extra harm on the animal earlier than it even touches you.”
Louise emphasizes the necessity to acknowledge that animals exist round us and we should study to stay with them.
“We have to know the distinction between concern and hazard. Hazard is after I’m two meters away from it; If I am 10 meters away, it is concern. It is a delicate ecosystem, and people create imbalances once they attempt to management the surroundings,” she provides.
The adventures of Ben and Louise have made their strategy to Snakes SOS: Goa’s Wildest, now in its second season on Nationwide Geographic.
It is a dream come true for each of them, however being adopted by cameras on rescue missions was a very completely different expertise.
“We needed to cope with situations just like the climate and going from home to accommodate to get the viewers the place we had been. The second season has much more than the primary as a result of we had been used to it by now. There have been sure rescues that we thought would by no means finish; they went for weeks. It’s important to take note of see what we’re speaking about,” says Louise.
The couple are contemplating journeys to different places exterior of Goa as a result of “there may be all the time one thing new to study”.
“On this approach you can even educate others; We wish to be identified first as educators and later as saviors,” concludes Louise.
(The copy has been up to date to right a typo)