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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 11, 1968, Darmstadt, Hesse1 stars and stripes daily Magazine William e. Haast at work the Snake handler. The a charmed life by Matthew t. Kenny up staff writer a t 57, William e. Haast might almost be said to be living on borrowed tone. In his life As a Snake handler he611 a w of a world s re tues Tod we by Beekil almost literally dead is say h Clarita who works ill a Swienc ton9 we combination attraction an sell wac Center Haat Loo poisonous my snakes on All Over the Low 20-year-Oldthe serpents venom collected in. Converted into powder to use in the manufacture Tew to in. Centers and drug firms we As to the Federal government september 1 1, 1968 for research into mysteries of the powerful enzymes which the toxins con Tain. Biochemists Are looking increasingly to Snake venom for clues to some of Man s most devastating ills such a cancer according to Haast. This is the most exciting aspect of our although he faces death daily Haast accepts this As part of the Job. If i Ever die As a result Al Snake venom remember that i shall die doing the work that i want to do he has told hit wife mrs haunt also has Learned to live with the danger of her husband profession. Haast who was born and grew up i Paterson n.j., has been bitten by All kinds of lethal vipers. Besides the King cobras he has Felt the fangs and absorbed the Poison of two african Greenm Ambas the dreaded Blue Krait of in Dia the Tiger Snake of Australia seven Coral snakes the latin american for de Lance the european Asp the Africa burrowing adder the Asiatic Russell s Viper and the Central american tropical Moccasin. Bites he has taken from deadly North american snakes include those of the Copperhead Cottonmouth Moccasin Diamondback rattle Snake the Timber Rattlesnake and the Piggy Rattlesnake. In the 41 years since Haast experienced his first poisonous Snake bite in 192c, through his most recent bite froma Alamo Doback Rattler last May 28, he appears to have developed a unique immunity to Snake venom. It is this Ever increasing immunity As his blood continues to be mixed with new Poison from every bite that has enabled him to survive he expiate even though at times it has been his Many close Calls with death Haast said he is in Good physical shape with the blood pressure and the stars and stripes heart rate of a 20-year he does no smoke or drink. The Serpent rim is frequently called when there is a snakebite emergency whether local or far away and Haas thas been involved in Many mercy mis Sions to try to save lives occasionally with anti serum made from his own blood or through a direct whole blood transfusion. Haast says one distinguishing characteristic about his Snake handling is that he does not milk them that is Force them to eject venom through gland pres sure or electric Shock. The snakes Are permitted to bite voluntarily into a Latex covering Over the Mouth of a Glass flask. This is one reason Why he has been bitten so often according to mrs. Haast. People ask Why does or. Haast get bitten so much and they think he s careless. But they Don to understand that it s because he s trying to be As gentle As possible to the Page u

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