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Gone bitten; Target moms; celery phones

Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Sienna Gonzalez /High Country News

MONTANA
An overcast day sent Bill Childrey, 75, out early to the Big Hole River near Notch Bottom in Montana to do some dry-fly fishing. The fish were biting, but Childrey’s morning went downhill after a good-sized rattler, “a four-or-five-footer,” bit him on the leg, reports the Montana Standard. Understandably upset, he started limping home, though he only later learned how serious his predicament was: “I probably had three hours to get to the hospital.” Unfortunately, it’s hard to limp that fast, so when Childrey saw a neighbor’s truck with the keys inside, he jumped in and drove off, not knowing that the owner saw the truck leave and assumed it was being stolen. For several hours, the sheriff investigated the possible truck theft — maybe even a kidnapping. But everything ended well: Only one of the snake’s fangs penetrated Childrey’s leg, and he received antivenin after being airlifted to a second hospital. Childrey said he’s gotten a lot of ribbing from fishing buddies who ask him, with the fishing that good, “Why didn’t I stay and fish longer?”

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