A highly venomous 50 cm (20 inch) Egyptian cobra escaped from its enclosure at the Bronx Zoo Friday and is still at large.
Zoo officials are confident that the snake is still near the enclosure, which is in the Reptile House, separate from the public area. They say they are certain that the cobra did not enter the main zoo area, and is not a danger to the public.
“To understand the situation, you have to understand snakes,” zoo Director Jim Breheny told the Christian Science Monitor.
He said the snake is probably hiding in some confined space where it feels safe. After the snake gets hungry or thirsty it will come out and they will find it, Breheney claims.
Breheney may be wrong.
There is evidence the snake escaped from the zoo and is out visiting the city’s tourist sites. The reason for that conclusion is a series of tweets from @BronxZoosCobra.
In the financial district the snake tweeted: “Leaving Wall Street. These guys make my skin crawl. #snakeonthetown.”
From the Museum of Natural History: “Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is gonna be hilarious! #snakeonthetown.”
And finally, from the top of the Empire State building: “All the people look like little mice down there. Delicious little mice. #snakeonthetown.”
The Bronx Zoo Twitter account acknowledged the missing snake and said, “We understand interest in this story & that everyone wants us 2 find the missing snake. Right now, it’s the snake’s game.”