An middle school teacher in Fountain Hills, Arizona, was bitten by a baby rattlesnake while trying to shield children from it.
Right before Fountain Hills Middle School started on Aug. 17, the teacher caught sight of a baby rattlesnake slithering close to the school cafeteria, Fox Carolina reported.
In an effort to “protect the children,” she reportedly tried to shoo away the rattlesnake, but instead got a little too close.
Known to “bite rapidly and repeatedly” when feeling threatened, the baby rattle bit the teacher’s thumb.
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According to Colin Williams of the Rural Metro Fire Department, the teacher was immediately transported to a Scottsdale medical center for anti-venom treatment.
Anyone who gets bitten by a rattlesnake is advised to follow these three steps:
- Elevate the bite mark to circulate poison.
- Wash the bite with soap and water.
- Stay calm; there is a 25 percent chance there’s no poison in your system.
Victims should not:
- Suck out the venom.
- Pack the bite in ice.
- Try to kill the snake.
Fountain Hills Middle School has not released the name of the teacher, but school officials say she is expected to make a full recovery.
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Because rattlesnakes are common in the area, the school administration plans to review emergency response protocols with all staff and students, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.