Woman bitten by a cobra taken to Palms West Hospital

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - Aneth McCarthy, who works with her husband Mark McCarthy caring for animals at McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary, was bitten by a cobra Thursday morning at the sanctuary, her husband said.

At 5:45 a-m, crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to reports of a snake bite at the sanctuary.

According to her husband, Aneth was cleaning a cage when a spectacled cobra broke free from a hold and bit her in the finger. She was transported to Palms West Hospital for initial treatment. She was then transferred to St. Mary's Medical Center.

Antivenin was flown from Miami to help treat Aneth.

Aneth is licensed to handle the cobras and is very experienced, according to Mark. "She's my everything. Without her, there would be no sanctuary," he said.

The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission said Aneth was in critical condition. Her husband says she was in an out of consciousness for a time, but has since improved slightly.

According to its website , McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary treats sick and injured animals. It says many exotic animals it receives have been donated by wildlife officers who confiscated them from the previous owners because of neglect, abuse or illegal possession. Some were pets that owners could no longer care for.

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