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Bronx Zoo Cobra Tweets The City That Never Sleeps

You may not be able to see the Bronx Zoo Egyptian cobra at the zoo at the moment — but you can certainly follow her on Twitter.   The snake went missing on Saturday, and is believed to be hiding inside the Reptile House.

While that waiting game continues to unfold, the personality behind @BronxZoosCobra is having a ball.   The Twitter account currently has 115,869 followers and is growing by the minute.

Tweeting Cobra

The “cobra” seems to be enjoying herself immensely, gallivanting around New York City and posting comments about Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen and many others.   She has visited the Magnolia Bakery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History.   Comedian Steve Martin has been getting into the act, exchanging tweets with the snake.

Cobra Adventures

Most recently, the “cobra” tweeted that she’s “At Planet Rose in the East Village to get my karaoke on. Gonna sing some White Snake.”   She then wrote, “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.”

The Search is On

The real keepers at the zoo are trying to reassure visitors there by explaining that they are sure the snake is in the Reptile House and that it may take quite awhile before the snake appears.   As Jim Breheny, Senior Vice President for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Bronx Zoo Director said, “Our best strategy is patience, allowing her time to come out of hiding. We remain confident that the snake is contained within the Reptile House.”

Time will tell when the real cobra will be found — and what @BronxZoosCobra will have to say about it when she is!


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