Bronx Zoo cobra found – is it the end of Twitter fun?

1 Apr 2011

The Bronx Zoo cobra that went missing last Friday and was later personified by a Twitter account has been found at the Reptile House in the New York zoo.

The Egyptian cobra currently has more than 221,000 followers on Twitter but has yet to “tweet” about his recent recapture.

The Bronx Zoo revealed on its website that the cobra has been found alive and well. Officials confirmed the snake was indeed in a non-public area, and not flitting around the city, taking in the sights and shows of New York, as claimed by @BronxZoosCobra.

To prove the cobra had been found, Bronx Zoo workers showed a photograph of the adolescent snake resting in a secure enclosure.

In another twist to the story, the Bronx Zoo’s website received such high traffic because of the missing snake the whole system crashed.

“We found our cobra, but we lost our websites!” the zoo proclaimed. “Due to extremely high traffic about our Egyptian cobra, our sites are temporarily unavailable.”

The owner of the @BronxZoosCobra Twitter account remains anonymous despite questions from numerous news agencies and broadcasters.

“Her” 63 tweets have detailed the snake’s adventures in New York City. Since last Friday, she has “visited” the Natural History Museum, Empire State Building, Ellis Island and Wall Street, as well as eaten bagels and Magnolia cupcakes and taken the Sex and the City tour.

Most recently, she was at the Yankee Stadium to take in a baseball game: “If you see a bag of peanuts inexplicably moving along the ground at Yankee Stadium today. Just ignore it. It’s probably nothing.”

BZC also exchanged quips with Charlie Sheen, Mayor Bloomberg, Jimmy Fallon and Piers Morgan.

Some of our favourite BZC tweets:

Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is gonna be hilarious!

Checking Google maps. RT @sesamestreet The @bronxzooscobra is visiting places around NYC. Can anyone tell it how to get to Sesame Street?

I want to thank those animals from the movie “Madagascar.” They were a real inspiration.

I do speak Parseltongue, but with a thick Bronx accent.

A lot of people are asking how I can tweet with no access to a computer or fingers. Ever heard of an iPhone? Duh.

Donald Trump is thinking about running for president?! Don’t worry, I’ll handle this. Where is Trump Tower exactly?

Aw, what’s wrong? RT @BronxZookeeper SH*T.

Getting my morning coffee at the Mudtruck. Don’t even talk to me until I’ve had my morning coffee. Seriously, don’t. I’m venomous.

According to the rules of Twitter, I think I’m supposed to announce a multi-city comedy tour now. Right @ConanOBrien & @CharlieSheen?

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