Baku, November 3 AZERTAC
The mother of a 17 month-old boy was shocked and scared when her son ran home with blood in his mouth and on his hands and a dead snake whose venom easily kills. It turned out that the toddler managed to kill the deadly viper with a bite while he was playing in the garden.
According to Russian media, the incident took place in the town of Mostardas in Rio Grande do Sul state, southern Brazil.
Both parents immediately took the boy to the Sao Luiz hospital some 175 km from Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul state.
They also managed to retrieve the snake from the toddler's hands, put it in a bottle and brought it to the hospital for identification.
The snake turned out to be a jararaca, or pit viper, which inhabits Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Without medical help the snake's bite can be fatal and symptoms include hemorrhage, shock and kidney failure.
Initially the parents thought that the dog had killed the deadly viper, but doctor Gilmar Carteri said that it was probably the boy himself who killed the serpent.