- A man employed in Spring Hill, Tennessee, was bitten by a snake that he had already killed
- He was in the middle of the woods when he collapsed
- He only killed the snake because he thought that others would be in danger
Kyle Watson was hiking with his family - his wife and two children - when his wife stepped over what they thought was a timber rattlehead snake on Cheeks Blend Bluff View Trail.
He thought that even though he was far off the main trail, he should kill the snake to protect others who may come along. Watson severed the snake's head with a handy boat oar.
However, the snake was not dead yet, and when the children asked to see it he reached out to pick it up. This is when the maimed snake bit him.
He was far off the main trail when the incident occurred, making it all the more difficult to rescue him. He collapsed a few minutes after the bite and also hit his head on a rock on his way down.,
Luckily for him he was rescued in time and treated for venom, saving his life. His colleagues assisted.