LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - Aneth McCarthy is an expert in handling venomous snakes. She’s a licensed trainer at McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Loxahatchee.
But Thursday morning when she attempted to clean the cage of a two-foot spectacled cobra it broke free of its hold and bit Aneth on the finger.
"Well she's my wife. She's the love of my life. Without her, I could not run that sanctuary,” her husband Mark McCarthy said.
Mark says he couldn't think at the moment, he just had to act because seconds mattered.
An ambulance was called and antivenin was flown from Miami as Aneth remained motionless and unconscious.
She was transported to Palms West Hospital for treatment.
"I'm thinking she's going to be OK. A little touch and go there for a little bit. You never know with these things," Mark said.
He said his wife's eyes are now open and she's talking.
At the sanctuary investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began checking permits and conditions.
They say it looks like an accident.
Aneth’s family says she is improving and stable.
McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary treats sick and injured animals.