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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Feb 16, 2014
Location: Middlesboro, Kentucky

Animal: Rattle Snake
Animal Disposition: unknown

Facility Type: Non-accredited Zoo
Facility Name: Full Gospel Tabenarcle in Jesus Name Church

Category: Attack resulting in human injury
Species: Reptile

Summary: A snake-handling pastor who appeared on a National Geographic television show died after being bitten by one of the rattle snakes he used to perform during his services. Paramedics were called later to his home, but he refused services and dies later that night. Poisonous snakes are used at his congregation to prove their unwaivering faith. His son told authorities that his dad had been bitten 8 times prior to the one that killed him.

Source: WCTV.TV

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