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Mack Wolford, a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia whose serpent-handling talents were profiled last November in The Washington Post Magazine , hoped the outdoor service he had planned for Sunday at an isolated state park would be a “homecoming like the old days,” full of folks speaking in tongues, handling snakes and having a “great time.” But it was not the sort of homecoming he foresaw.Instead, Wolford, who turned 44 the previous day, was bitten by a rattlesnake he owned for years. He died late Sunday ...Wolford was 15 when he saw his father die at age 39 of a rattlesnake bite in almost exactly the same circumstances.
Isn't it common to "milk" a snake prior to potentially hazardous activities?
... Perhaps he had just told the Biblical story of how the snake lost its legs and was doomed to squirm around on its tummy forever more.