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Boy Bitten by Rattlesnake

RICHLAND, Wash - A young Richland boy is recovering from a rattlesnake bite he received late last week.

Every year thousands of people across the U.S. are bitten by poisonous snakes, many of the bites turn deadly.

Washington rattlesnakes usually will slither away if they see a person, but sometimes they will bite if they feel threatened.

That's exactly what happened to a 5-year-old boy this weekend and now his parents want people to be prepared.

Cole Holland was bitten last Saturday when he was camping with family and friends about an hour outside the Tri-cities at Crow Butte.

"Cole and a couple of the other girls saw a snake so they went over to inspect it," says Shawna Holland Cole's mother.

Cole says a friend told him not to touch the snake but curiosity got the better of him.

The bite began to swell around his finger than spread up his arm.

Cole was rushed to a nearby hospital and days later he is now recovering at home with his family.

According to Poison Control, the rattlesnakes in Eastern Washington are not as dangerous as they are in other parts of the country, but if you are bitten try to elevate the effected body part; see a doctor if swelling spreads or becomes extremely painful; and do not suck out the poison.

Cole's parents hope others can learn from their story.

"We should have sat all the kids down and said this is what it looks like, don't touch them, don't go near them, if you see them call the adults."

Poison Control says most bites occur when people try to touch them.

They also say don't bother with rattlesnake bite kits because they have never been proven to work effectively.