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Nov. 30, 1960: Karen Cohen, allergic to animals with fur but not scales, with her pet snake, Midnight. Karen’s condition and experience with snakes apparently persuaded zookeepers at the Bronx Zoo to let her pet a 12-foot python during a visit. “The snake is nice,” she told the reporter John C. Devlin, “but all those people make me nervous.” Photo: Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times
Nov. 30, 1960: Karen Cohen, allergic to animals with fur but not scales, with her pet snake, Midnight. Karen’s condition and experience with snakes apparently persuaded zookeepers at the Bronx Zoo to let her pet a 12-foot python during a visit. “The snake is nice,” she told the reporter John C. Devlin, “but all those people make me nervous.” Photo: Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times

Nov. 30, 1960: Karen Cohen, allergic to animals with fur but not scales, with her pet snake, Midnight. Karen’s condition and experience with snakes apparently persuaded zookeepers at the Bronx Zoo to let her pet a 12-foot python during a visit. “The snake is nice,” she told the reporter John C. Devlin, “but all those people make me nervous.” Photo: Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times

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