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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: May 30, 2012
Location: Jolo, West Virginia

Animal: Timber Rattlesnake
Animal Disposition: unknown

Facility Type: Exotic Pet
Facility Name: Church of the Lord Jesus

Category: Attack resulting in human death
Species: Reptile

Summary: A "serpent-handling" West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church service. Pastor Mack Wolford believed Christians should handle snakes to test their faith. He also saw his father die of a snakebite when he was a teenager. Snake-handling is legal in West Virginia.

Source: MSN.com; Yahoo.com

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