Update: Associated Press
June 30, 2014
LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida wildlife sanctuary employee bitten by a cobra while cleaning a snake cage is out of the hospital.
Aneth McCarthy tells WPTV Click HERE that she's looking forward to getting back to work at the privately run McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary in Loxahatchee.
She says she thought she was going to die after she was bitten Thursday on the hand by a 3-foot-long spectacled cobra. She says she'll return to caring for the cobra when the swelling in her hand goes down.
She says she still likes the cobra and she'll continue to clean its cage, though now she'll be more careful.
McCarthy's husband is the sanctuary's director. He says he's been bitten by snakes nearly a dozen times, but this was his wife's first snake bite.
News Release: Associated Press
June 26, 2014
LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (AP) -- A woman has been bitten by a cobra at a Florida wildlife sanctuary.
Capt. Albert Borroto of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue says a call was received at about 5:45 a.m. Thursday regarding the cobra bite at McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary in Loxahatchee. The woman was transported to Palms West Hospital in stable condition.
The circumstances of the bite were not immediately known.
The sanctuary boasts of "the coolest collection of snakes around" on its website.