Snake Handler Dons Google Glass To Show Us How She Inspects Venomous SnakesBy: Zach Walton - October 2, 2013
Google Glass offers us a chance to see the world through the eyes of some of the most interesting professions in the world. The Taronga Zoo in Sydney has already shown us what a day in the life of a zookeeper is like, and now the Houston Zoo shows us what life is like for those who handle dangerous animals.
The Houston Zoo was recently asked how it handles its venomous snake species, and one of its snake handlers was more than happy to strap on Google Glass to show us. In the below video, you’ll see our snake handler try to coax a black forest cobra into a tube for a routine inspection.
The black forest cobra isn’t the most dangerous snake in the world, but it’s venom still packs a punch. According to Wikipedia, this particular snake can inject a large amount of venom in a single bite. After a bite, a human can die within 30 to 120 minutes if antivenom is not administered immediately. During that time, those who have been bitten will suffer drowsiness, limb paralysis, hearing loss, inability to speak, dizziness, fever, abdominal pain and respiratory symptoms. As you can see, it’s not pleasant and makes the work of snake handlers all the more impressive.
Google Glass is amazing in that it let us see into the world of such a dangerous profession. It also reconfirms my convictions that going near snakes is always a bad idea, especially when snakes have proven time and time again that they become eldritch abominations upon death.[h/t: Softpedia] [Image: houstonzoo/YouTube]