Sunday, April 15, 2012

What Happened To Nat. Geo's 'Beast Hunter'?

Editor’s Note: This is a post by Bigfoot Evidence contributor Vicki W.

Reading Josh Brown's recent informative and thought provoking article in which he recalls the Nat. Geo. network's "Beast Hunter" show featuring wildlife biologist and researcher Pat Spain, I wondered why the show had only one season. The orang pendek episode was one of the most interesting along with the exploration of the Brazilian Amazon 'mapinguery' episode.

As it turns out, after trekking through the dense and unfriendly jungles of Sumatra, Spain developed some nasty gastric symptoms due to what he assumed was likely a tropical virus of some sort. He decided to visit a doctor and have it checked out when he returned from the film shoots.

Only 31 at the time, Spain was shocked to be told his diagnosis was colon cancer. He faced surgery and chemotherapy, describing the chemo as being bitten hundreds of times by bullet ants which, he said, “have the worst sting in the animal kingdom.” He has undergone two major surgeries, and is now working with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness, warning, “There is no rule that only smokers and people over 50 get cancer.” He also credits the show with saving his life, because his concern that he picked up a bug in the jungle aided his decision to see a physician.

He is looking forward to getting back to what he loves doing, and hopefully he can move on with his research. I'd like to see the show carry on with a second season, but haven't found any information on plans to go forward. Best of luck to Spain, whatever he chooses to do, and, as a cancer survivor myself, applause for his courage to work with the ACS and share his very personal story in a public way.

Pat wearing a glove of venomous bullet ants for initiation


  1. Great show. All my best wishes to Pat for a full, speedy recovery!

  2. Yeah, that was a good show.

  3. Oh my goodness, I had no idea. Sending wishes for a full recovery and hope to see him soon on Nat Geo again!

  4. I have never seen this show but I wish him all the best.
    My ex is a cancer survivor and my father passed away due to cancer.
    Thanks for the reminder that cancer can strike anyone at anytime.

  5. Total shocker, I was surprised to see the season end so abruptly. I guess now I know why. Thank you for the update and my prayers for all those who suffer with cancer..

  6. this dude seemed to be very cool, laidback, and ultra ballsy. but his was a good family program atleast the 1st season anyway. hope he kicks the big c's butt and makes a healthy return to nat geo. and his life also. good luck dude.

  7. I really hope this guy is ok. The show was entertaining and he did a great job at just going for it. He had good topics and the show was also informative. Best of luck to him and I'll be waiting for season 2.

  8. I love Pat Spain and I hope Nat Geo will bring him back (fully recovered from his courageous bout with cancer) for a 2nd season~!! I also hope they have found their little Kattniss Shih Tzu~!!!

  9. I always loved watching Spain's passion for his show and whatever he was researching at the time. He was always so excited with every animal encounter he came into, our whole family loved watching his show! Follow him on Facebook, you will see he is doing well. :) And hopefully we will see a season 2 soon!

  10. Hope you get better so you could make better episodes of the Beast Hunter/Man!

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  74. Unfortunately Pat succumbed in his long hard fought battle with cancer late last year. Rest in peace Pat, we'll miss you. :-(