Hey, be nice! We at the VIPER Institute respect and appreciate all of our patients, and friends, and faculty, and students, even the ones who do things that run a risk of being bitten or stung. We looked closely at the statistics collected by the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center a while back, and we found that about one in three of our patients was indeed a male patient bitten on the hand, which suggests he may have been handling the animal on purpose. But one in three was a male bitten on the foot, which much more often happens because of an accident, and one in three was female, generally with a foot bite. We looked more closely at the stories of the men with hand bites and, sure enough, some of them had been drinking alcohol or goofing around. But a lot of them were doing other things, like reaching for a golf ball, or rock climbing, or trying to protect a child. Some had conditions like impaired vision, Parkinson’s, or Alzheimer’s, that affected their ability to avoid a bite.