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 Cary Elwes is bitten by a rattlesnake

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Princess Bride actor Cary Elwes was reportedly bitten by a rattlesnake on Saturday

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he bite was so serious the 59-year-old star needed immediate medical attention

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he had to be airlifted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

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The incident happened when he was gardening in or near his back yard in Malibu

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the actor's aid felt that the poison from the bite was 'life-threatening.'

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According to UCI Health, there is not much anyone can do once the person has been bitten by a rattlesnake

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The bite can cause pain and swelling as well as muscle twitching

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It takes four to six hours before the venom from the snake bite evolves into a serious situation