DailyMailAn Oklahoma man was out celebrating his 57th birthday when he came across a rattlesnake on a road and attempted to move it, but was bitten twice and died. Barry Lester was driving in his pickup truck with his relatives on their way to Walnut Creek on Sunday when he spotted the timber rattlesnake in the middle of the road in Osage County. Lester pulled over, approached the venomous reptile and grabbed it behind its head, as he had done many times before over the years. The 57-year-old man was a former rodeo calf roper who had experience catching snakes and setting them loose near his property to help control rodent populations, reported Tulsa World. This time, the young adult snake measuring 42 inches in length twisted its head and plunged its fangs into Lester’s left hand. The man transferred the snake into his right hand, and the critter bit him a second time, according to his widow. Lester dumped the snake into an empty toolbox in the bed of his pickup truck and was rushed home to meet an ambulance his family had summoned. Lester was taken to St John Medical Center but passed away a short time later. Doctors told his widow that Lester died as a result of the rattlesnake bites exacerbated by his pre-existing heart condition.
We here at SportSmasher.com are not afraid of snakes and we are not snake haters, but the moral of this story is, if you see a snake in peril on a roadway keep driving. Even experienced snake handlers like 57-year-old Oklahoma man Barry Lester, who was acting as a Good Samaritan trying to save a snake from a street, are in danger of being bitten. In this case the timber rattlesnake was probably being buzzed by cars and agitated, so when Barry Lester grabbed the snake, he was bitten twice which led to his death. I like animals and all, but if I see a wild animal crossing the road I’m avoiding it with my car, but I’m not getting out of my car and risking life and limb to save the creature. The animal is on its own. The amount of people who get killed by cars while trying to save turtles from the street is alarming, so while I like animals, I like me being alive more.
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