Thursday, March 31, 2011

Missing Bronx Zoo cobra found, officials confirm

Snake that has become a Twitter phenom is in good condition, resting after adventure

The poisonous Egyptian cobra that vanished from its quarters at the Bronx Zoo last week has been found, safe and sound, in a dark corner of the zoo's reptile house.
The adolescent female snake is in good condition after her weeklong foray into cageless freedom.
"We're really happy to announce that cobra missing for seven days has been found," Jim Breheny, director of the Bronx Zoo, said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. "She's alive and well ... resting comfortably and secure."
A Twitter account that has been imagining the animal's whereabouts as it celebrates its freedom from the zoo has attracted more than 200,000 followers. A campaign also has mounted on Facebook to get the cobra to host "Saturday Night Live."
Theo Kim, a staff writer at the Dallas Morning News, tweeted this observation: "Why Twitter matters: In just days, @BronxZoosCobra has built a larger social media audience than all Texas newspapers. Combined."
The sassy snake hinted in a tweet Thursday that he might be spotted at the Yankees Opening Day.

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