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Boy's Hand Swells to Twice Size Following Copperhead Bite on Abrams F;ass Trail in Smokies

August 3 2004 at 9:22 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has recorded its first known snakebite of the year.
A park spokeswoman says a 12-year-old Indiana boy picked up a copperhead as his family hiked along Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove. The venomous snake bit his right thumb.
Rangers sent the boy to a Maryville hospital after his family brought him to a ranger station for aid.
National Park Service spokeswoman Nancy Gray says the boy's hand was twice its normal size and there was a dark discoloration around the bite.
His name and condition weren't available.
There were about five recorded snake bites in the park last year.

This message has been edited by dipper on Aug 3, 2004 9:22 PM

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