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Boy Bitten By Rattlesnake Fighting For His Life

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File photo of rattlesnake. (credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of rattlesnake. (credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy is in serious condition after he was bitten by a rattlesnake last week while playing at a park in North Charleston.

Officials say the boy was playing about 75 feet off a trail. Park guidelines ask visitors to stay on marked paths and trails for safety.

“It is my understanding that the boy and other children were off the paved trail in the woods jumping on a log when the strike occurred,” Donna Gueldner, superintendent of parks and recreation services for Charleston County, told the Post and Courier.

“We’ve seen snakes and wildlife in all the county parks. Anytime they appear near shelters or playgrounds, we take steps to barricade the area until the wildlife is shooed away,” Gueldner told the paper. There were no other reports of snake bites in Charleston County park.

The park is located off U. S. Highway 78 and near a cypress swamp.

Authorities say the boy was taken to a hospital, where a spokesman said he remained in critical condition until Tuesday, at which point  his condition was upgraded.

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