Ques­tion­able judg­ment

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS -

Ari­zona res­i­dent Vic­tor Pratt boasts that he’s played with snakes his whole life. So when a rat­tlesnake slith­ered by dur­ing a fam­ily party at a nearby lake, Pratt grabbed it and showed the kids “howto catch it and I was play­ing with it like lit­tle kids do. I wasn’t think­ing. I was show­ing off,” he ad­mit­ted. The rat­tler bit Pratt on his face and neck. His sons drove himto a emer­gency room, and he was later air­lifted to a med­i­cal cen­ter in Phoenix, where Dr. Steven Curry treated him. “There is a 100per­cent chance he would have died if he’d not made it to the hospi­tal within min­utes,” Curry noted. Pratt told re­porters he would not play with rat­tlesnakes again. Send your weird news items with sub­ject line WEIRD NEWS to WeirdNewsTips@amu­ni­ver­sal.com.

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