When Lightning Strikes

He’s approaching 700,000 Subscribers with fans tuning in from all over the world to watch him and his critters every exploit!

…but it literally almost all went up in flames.

In July of 2018, Blake’s Exotic Animal Ranch was struck by lightning. Not only did a reptile breeder lose all his breeding stock, a 19-year old hobbyist lost all his beloved pets 😢

“What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger!”

You can hear it in the video. The anguish in Blake’s voice is bone chilling as he comes to grips with the complete devastation of the fire! For all intents and purposes, Blake’s Exotic Animal Ranch, a hobby turned profession, was out of business that day!

Blake's Exotic Animal Ranch

But as you often find (although it’s impossible to imagine in the moment), our challenging times become the springboard for the good things that follow!

Blake received an outpouring of unconditional love and support from the reptile community that rallied behind him. Breeders sent new animals for Blake to restart his business. Fans shared the video of his tragedy (see below) and he gained more and more and more subscribers going from under 100,000 followers to approaching 700,000 today!!!

One of those new followers was a guy in Chicago who also happened to start his career because of his love for turtles 😉
I met Blake six months after the fire, when he got his very own Aquascape ecosystem pond!

Yesterday we plugged in the waterfalls on his second, much larger, Aquascape water feature. Blake’s got big plans for some cool new animals to inhabit it. And I’ve got a new cool friend whom I probably wouldn’t have known if lighting didn’t strike!

“I ❤️ MY JOB!”