Toronto Zoo Saves Woman Bitten By Poisonous Snake in Thailand

first_imgThe Toronto Zoo sent six vials of antivenom to the hospital to make sure Kalliath was immediately treated for her wounds. Andrew Lentini, the Toronto Zoo’s senior director of Wildlife Care and Science, said in the press release that Kalliath is expected to make a full recovery from the bite, thanks to the antivenom.More on Geek.com:Brave Great-Grandma Kills 4.5-Foot Venomous Cobra With ShovelGinormous Python Devours Entire Crocodile in Horrifying Swamp Photos‘Sunbathing’ Snake Scares Mailman Outside North Carolina Home Watch: 13-Foot ‘Queen of the Pythons’ Lays Massive Clutch of…200-Pound Python Named ‘Ginormica’ Could Reach World-Record Size Stay on targetcenter_img A Canadian zoo saved a woman who was bitten by a Malayan pit viper, a poisonous snake that lives in Southeast Asia, with a very critical healing agent: snake antivenom.Shalaba Kalliath, who was bitten by the snake on vacation, received treatment for her injuries in Thailand, however, she started experiencing “re-emerging symptoms” when she returned to Ontario, Canada, Fox News reported. Kalliath was then sent to the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, to receive additional care for her bite.On June 7, the hospital contacted the Toronto Zoo to help Kalliath, who was still not recovering well after the snake bite, the Toronto Zoo said in a press release. The hospital requested an antivenom to give to Kalliath, who would need the mixture to minimize the symptoms that might have developed with the bite, including rapid swelling, trouble breathing, and changes in heart rate.After being contacted on June 7 by @ON_Poison, the Zoo provided anti-venom for an Ontario patient requiring treatment for a venomous snake bite. The Zoo has specific protocols in place to assist with treatment and is one of only a few Canadian zoos to store antivenom on-site — The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) June 25, 2019“Snake antivenom is imported through Health Canada’s Special Access Program for non-marketed drugs for the treatment of serious or life-threatening conditions and is stocked at the Toronto Zoo primarily to ensure the health and safety of staff,” the Toronto Zoo explained in the press release. “Per UPI, the zoo is home to several species of venomous snakes.”last_img read more