Woman critical after cobra bite in South Florida

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue delivers antivenin to Palm Beach County hospital

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor
Headline Goes Here McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary

Aneth McCarthy

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom Unit headed to West Palm Beach Thursday morning after a woman was bitten in the right hand by a venomous cobra at McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary.

WPLG reports employees say Aneth McCarthy, whose husband owns the sanctuary, was cleaning a snake cage when she was bitten.

McCarthy was taken to Palms West Hospital, but Miami-Dade County has the nearest venom unit.

The speckled cobra that bit her is from India.

The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission says McCarthy received the antivenin at 8 a.m. and is in critical condition, but improving.

FWC licenses the facility and says there has been one other similar incident in the past. FWC officials also say the sanctuary is a "top notch" facility that's been in operation for more than 20 years.

There are currently 170 animals that live at the sanctuary.

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