Child recovering after 12 doses of antivenin; bite captured on home security footage
A 4-year-old Alabama boy is recovering in the hospital after being bitten by a rattlesnake in his own driveway. The encounter was captured on home security footage, and it reveals just how easily a dangerous snake can go undetected.
AL.com reports that Spencer Briggs is in a Huntsville Hospital after the snake bit him in his Lacey's Spring driveway last weekend. His mother, Laura Briggs, said her son received 12 doses of antivenin and will soon be moved from the hospital's Intensive Care Unit into a normal bed.
Spencer is expected to regain full use of his foot with no permanent damage, she said.
In the home surveilance video footage, you can see Spencer run over to greet a truck with mail for the family.
Forrest, or myself, watch the kids from the window, Laura Briggs said. On this occasion, as the mail carrier was placing the package by the back of our vehicle, with Spencer assisting, we noticed him start to scream. Not a normal scream. The father immediately ran to his son, Laura said.
No one saw the snake until after it happened, he said. When I got there, I barely saw it. It looked like a little mud or stick on the ground.
The dog and cat didn't even notice the snake. Some of those who've commented on the video footage have suggested that the snake may have fallen out of the back of the truck.
In the footage, you see Spencer cry out and jump back after the snake bites him. I can barely stomach watching it, Laura said.
The Briggs family has hired a licensed reptile remover to relocate snakes from the property.