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San Diego Zoo worker bitten by snake with no antivenom

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San Diego Zoo worker bitten by snake with no antivenom

A San Diego Zoo employee was hospitalized Monday afternoon after being bitten by a venomous snake, according to reports.

The incident occurred as the wildlife care specialist was caring for the African bush viper, scientifically known as Atheris squamigera, in a non-public area, the zoo said.

The zoo added, “In keeping with our protocols, the staff member was immediately taken to a hospital for evaluation and medical care, and we remain in close contact.”

The staff member is currently in unknown condition, 10 News reported.

“Although the San Diego Zoo cares for a number of venomous reptiles, incidents like this are very rare, and the snake was contained at all times with no risk of an escape,” the zoo added in a statement.

National Geographic states about the viper native to parts of western and central Africa: “Their venom typically kills within days.”

The symptoms from a bite from the reptile include “serious kidney damage and disrupt blood clotting and flow” and “severe inflammation, hemorrhaging, and tissue death.”

The snake “can cause fevers or internal bleeding, which can be fatal,” a study from the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) reported.

There is no known antivenom for an African bush viper’s poison, according to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mysterious lights streak across Seattle sky

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Stargazers in the Pacific Northwest were left puzzled by another mysterious light show that illuminated the sky on Tuesday night.

Residents in the Seattle-area posted video on social media that showed lights streaking across the sky shortly after 9 p.m.

“Anyone know what I’m looking at flying by in the sky tonight? #ufo #seattle,” one Twitter user wrote, along with a video of passing lights.

Another person said on Twitter: “Um, someone want to explain this line of lights that just streaked across the Seattle sky? #ufo”

But the National Weather Service’s Seattle office tweeted that the lights appear to be linked to an earlier SpaceX satellite launch out of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Less than two months ago, a similar light show in the same area left residents equally confused at first.

But the streaking lights were determined to be the remains of a SpaceX rocket entering earth’s atmosphere.

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California woman arrested for allegedly harrasing black delivery driver

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California woman arrested for allegedly harrasing black delivery driver

A California woman is facing hate crime charges for allegedly harassing a black delivery driver with racial slurs last month, a report said.

Julie Warland, 35, is accused of targeting Amazon driver Kendall McIntosh on April 18 as he was finishing up his deliveries in North Berkeley, KRON reported.

Warland, along with her boyfriend, allegedly confronted McIntosh and Warland accusing him of speeding.

McIntosh told the station that the couple followed him to his next stop, where Warland allegedly started screaming at him and calling him names, including the n-word.

“Instantly just started cursing me out like, first sentence I’m getting cursed at,” McIntosh said.

“I was getting just racially profiled from the jump,” he said.

During the confrontation, Warland also jumped into the delivery van and grabbed a hold of the steering wheel to prevent McIntosh from leaving, he told the outlet.

“I was just trying to do my job and she wouldn’t allow me to,” McIntosh said.

Neighbors recorded part of the confrontation.

In a clip obtained by KRON, Warland and her boyfriend can be seen approaching McIntosh in front of a truck. Screaming can also be heard in the footage.

Berkeley police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Warland is charged with suspicion of false imprisonment, battery, using offensive words and willfully threatening a person based on their appearance, the report said.

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Murder suspect and his infant son killed in police shootout

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Murder suspect and his infant son killed in police shootout

A Mississippi man who allegedly murdered two people was killed along with his infant son after he kidnapped the child and led police on a wild chase that ended in a shootout on Monday night.

The shootout occurred after Eric Smith, 30, led police on a miles-long pursuit that began in Louisiana, where he allegedly shot dead his ex-girlfriend Christin Parker, 32, and her 26-year-old nephew Brandon Parker earlier on Monday, WLOX reported.

Smith then kidnapped the child before police located his vehicle, leading to the chase.

After crossing into Mississippi, Smith avoided a tire deflation device laid out by police and eventually stopped his car in Harris County.

With the infant inside the car, Smith and police exchanged gunfire. Smith was shot and killed.

The baby, identified as La’Mello Parker, was also struck, according to the report.

Parker was hospitalized, but pronounced dead early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The county coroner will determine if the baby was struck by a bullet or shrapnel, the report said.

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