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Bronx Zoo's missing cobra found in Reptile House: officials


amny Credit: Courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo's missing cobra has finally been caught, but unlike the fanciful city “adventures” of the celebrity Twitter snake, the real reptile hadn’t slithered far at all.

Zoo workers found her alive and well, coiled up in a dark corner of the zoo’s Reptile House around 9 a.m. Thursday. The 20-inch, three-ounce snake disappeared in that building last Friday, prompting a shutdown of the enclosure.

"As you can imagine, we are delighted to report that the snake has been found alive and well,” said Jim Breheny, director of the Bronx Zoo. "The key strategy here was patience."

The venomous snake stirred major interest, driven by the @BronxZoosCobra Twitter account. Even Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Ellen DeGeneres personally tweeted at the snake, and as of Thursday night, the account had more than 200,000 followers.

A zoo spokesman said it's still unknown how the snake escaped, but said they'll start looking into it now. Depending on what the zoo finds, changes may be made at the Reptile House.

As for the Twitter cobra, Gotham has not heard the last of her.

“Oh this is far from over!!! Tune in tomorrow and behold the power of the cobra,” she told amNewYork in an e-mail.

(with Dina Davis)

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