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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Child Bitten by Rattlesnake at Day Camp in Hahamongna Park


A young girl of less than 10 years of age was bitten by a rattlesnake at a day camp in Hahamongna Park Mondays afternoon shortly about 3:15 p.m. and is expected to “recover fully.”

Pasadena Fire Department spokesperson Lisa Derderian said the day camp’s counselors called 911 immediately and handled the situation well. Paramedics arrived on scene within minutes.

“She was transported to a local hospital and is in a stable condition and expected to make a full recovery,” Derderian said. “The camp personnel handled it just as they should. They’re a reputable organization that had been there for years.”

Derderian said she believes the snake itself was captured.

Recent hot, dry weather has resulted in an increase rattlesnake sightings.

Derderian urged residents to be careful when outdoors.

“It’s a misconception that people assume that they’re going to hear the rattle and in majority of cases, you might not hear a rattle,” she said.

For the most part, rattlesnakes only attack when provoked.

“It may not be intentional but its when they’re provoke they will strike,” Derderian said.

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