A deadly, twenty-inch long female Egyptian cobra escaped from its exhibit at the Bronx Zoo earlier this week, forcing the zoo to close the Reptile House. Officials insist that the snake is most likely still in the building, as they prefer dark, closed spaces and are uncomfortable if they are exposed. Staffers conduct daily searches in the area.
The Snake’s Game
Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny said the snake most likely found a secure hiding spot, like among the pipes of the building. He explained that when it feels safe enough, it will move about, looking for food.
“Right now, it’s the snake’s game,” Breheny said. “At this point, it’s just like fishing; you put the hook in the water and wait. Our best strategy is patience, allowing her time to come out of hiding.” The process, he said, can take anywhere from days to weeks.
Well, She’s Tweeting
Meanwhile, a suspicious Twitter account entitled “BronxZooCobra,” has come into the equation, attracting more then 100,000 followers in two days. The Snake-on-the-Town account features humorous messages from the cobra as it explores New York City.
Some of the more recent Tweets include “City may not sleep, but I’m ready to. Ooh a chimney! I bet you bragged to your friends about having a working fireplace in NYC. Hi roomie.” and “Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is gonna be hilarious!”