Children want to have fun when they go out.
They want to enjoy the outside and play with their friends.
That’s what all the playgrounds should be – fun, safe, interactive, and engaging places for children to have fun and make friends. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
Some parents worry about creepy people wandering around the playgrounds, but, there might be more prominent dangers lying on the ground, as was the case of an unfortunate little girl who was at her nearest park one day.
Kiley Cook from Grandbury, Texas, was in the nearby park trying to play with her friends and have a good time just like they do every day when suddenly she felt a severe pain, and looked down to see something awful
Kiley was playing with her friends when she put her hand down and was bitten by a copperhead snake! These are dangerous snakes that have the capability to severely injure, or even kill a human being with only one bite.
Nataly Horn was at the school when her daughter got bitten, so she managed to rush over and help her daughter when the incident happened.
Kiley was immediately flown to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas and thanks to the fast reaction of the doctors she was immediately treated for the snake bite.
The scary part is that these snake bites are so common that the hospital sees between 17 and 25 cases of bitten children every year, and that’s only one hospital!
The poor girl had to go through a lot of pain and suffering. She had her fingers, hand, and entire arm swollen up. One of her fingers even turned completely black!
Employees vowed they would examine the playground before the children are let out so they can check for snakes and any other dangerous animals. In that way, they will avoid this kind of incidents.
There have been made efforts to prevent this from happening, but little can guarantee the safety from nasty animals because most of the time they go completely undetected.
You should also know that this type of snake is also common in other parts in the U.S. and in the world, not just in Texas. This is a specific type of snake called the Copperhead, as we mentioned before and is even more commonly found in North America, specifically the North East.
Always look around the place where your children play, especially on the ground, because other venomous animals can also live in your area. The first thing you can do to protect yourself is to be aware of the creatures and critters that live in your town or region that may harm you so that you can spot them if you need to! You should know what they look like and how they behave.
Nataly Horn was actually in the playground and had already looked around before the children came out to play. The area was completely safe, which means the snake somehow managed to sneak in and nobody even noticed. Always keep an eye around you! Stay safe!
Have you ever been bitten by a venomous animal before?