Friday, April 1, 2011

Bronx Zoo's lost Egyptian cobra found

The Bronx Zoo's lost deadly Egyptian cobra has been found "living and well".

The 20in (50cm) poisonous snake was discovered in the zoo's reptile house on Thursday morning, nearly a week after it runaway.

Officials say the cobra was twisting in a dark corner of the reptile house and that it is in good health.
The zoo's reptile house has been closed since the snake went lost last Friday but officials say they hope to reopen it soon.

"When we are sure that the snake is in good condition, we will reopen the Reptile House and plan to have the animal on exhibit," a declaration by the zoo said.

The zoo spread the good news via Twitter, saying: "FOUND! Bronx Zoo cobra found alive & well in Reptile House in non-public area. The key was endurance."

Zoo officials had earlier said they were confident the teenager Egyptian cobra was hiding in a non-public area of the Reptile House but approved that finding it would be difficult.

In the days that it was lost, the snake became amazing of a celebrity, gaining hundreds of thousands of followers on a Twitter account set up in its name.