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Handling Snakes and Rescuing Unusual Pets


The long days of summer are here, and at least some kids are splashing in creeks, looking for frogs and snakes. But how many will turn that curiosity about animals into a career? 

For KC Currents' Odd Jobs segment, Sylvia Maria Gross recently visited Greenwood, Missouri, where a local daredevil took his childhood love of creepy, crawly things and turned it into a business.

Dana Savorelli founded Midwest Tongs, a company that manufactures snake-handling tools, and he runs the non-profit Monkey Island Rescue and Zoological Sanctuary.

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Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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