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Officials Hunt Deadly Egyptian Cobra on Loose at Bronx Zoo
Fox News ^ | March 27, 2011 | Unknown

Posted on 03/28/2011 12:09:59 PM PDT by Immerito

It's deadly, and it's out there, waiting.

That might sound like the trailer for a campy monster flick, but it's a real concern at New York's Bronx Zoo, where officials and staff are scrambling to find a deadly Egyptian cobra that slithered away from its home last Friday and hasn't been seen since.

The zoo's Reptile House remained closed Monday as a precaution while workers searched for the runaway reptile, a zoo spokeswoman confirmed to FoxNews.com.

While the roughly 20-inch-long Egyptian cobra -- armed with a massive dose of lethal venom that it injects into its victims -- has been unaccounted for since Friday afternoon, zoo officials say they're confident it hasn't gone far and isn't in a public area. Its enclosure was in an isolation area not open to visitors.

"To understand the situation, you have to understand snakes," zoo Director Jim Breheny said in an email Sunday.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bronx; bronxzoo; cobra; egyptiancobra
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1 posted on 03/28/2011 12:10:00 PM PDT by Immerito
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To: Immerito
"they're confident it hasn't gone far and isn't in a public area"

Sounds like the same guys at DHS who are "confident that no terrorism was involved", even before the smoke settles.

2 posted on 03/28/2011 12:13:26 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Immerito

As long as they don’t have any planes, they should be OK.


3 posted on 03/28/2011 12:14:41 PM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: Immerito

Don’t worry there are a bunch of folks going around the Snake House calling “here, cobra buddy, here.”


4 posted on 03/28/2011 12:15:32 PM PDT by arrogantsob
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To: Immerito
My father once told me something about snakes which I have never forgotten. He said:

"There are TWO kinds: Rattlesnakes and cobras. If it DOESN'T have rattles at the end of its tail then it's a cobra".

;-)

5 posted on 03/28/2011 12:16:06 PM PDT by WayneS (Remember: One man's Kinetic Military Action is another man's Man-Caused Disaster)
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To: Immerito

The cobra is probably going to die from exposure to the cold weather.


6 posted on 03/28/2011 12:19:21 PM PDT by Defend Liberty
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To: Immerito

Definitely terrorism. I was recently at an aquarium among the usual family groups when here came four young, well-dressed Middle Eastern men. Hmmmmmm....p.s. there were deadly snakes at this aquarium. I really got the feeling they were looking for opportunities.


7 posted on 03/28/2011 12:21:37 PM PDT by browniexyz
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To: Immerito

Dave Parker played for the Yankees? Who knew?

8 posted on 03/28/2011 12:22:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Immerito

Over 50,000 die in alcohol-related traffic events, and we’re excited about finding a cobra that hasn’t struck anyone yet.


9 posted on 03/28/2011 12:22:04 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Immerito

“The missing cobra is an adolescent of its hooded species....”

Great. A teenager with poisonous teeth has run away and is hiding. Probably sulking because he got grounded. No good can come of this. When he bites someone, it will be a cry for help and we will need grief counselors or some such.


10 posted on 03/28/2011 12:22:20 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: WayneS

Your dad forgot the deadliest snake—the dreaded progressive.


11 posted on 03/28/2011 12:23:36 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Immerito

Honey Badger don’t give a #^**! (hat tip to Ace of Spades)

Of course then there would be a honey badger on the loose in the Bronx.


12 posted on 03/28/2011 12:23:44 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: Immerito

Oops! I’m sorry. When I read that a snake had escaped, I thought we were all talking about Obama sneaking out of the WhiteHouse...


13 posted on 03/28/2011 12:26:58 PM PDT by 2dollarbill
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To: Immerito

14 posted on 03/28/2011 12:27:29 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Laz would hit it!)
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To: MNlurker

...and NOBODY wants that.


15 posted on 03/28/2011 12:27:51 PM PDT by WayneS (Remember: One man's Kinetic Military Action is another man's Man-Caused Disaster)
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To: ModelBreaker

Do they have rattles at the end of their tails?

No?

Cobras.


16 posted on 03/28/2011 12:29:15 PM PDT by WayneS (Remember: One man's Kinetic Military Action is another man's Man-Caused Disaster)
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To: WayneS

And there is the dilemma...


17 posted on 03/28/2011 12:29:54 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: Immerito

The Bronx Zoo has brought in a Free Range Chicken to handle this. The Free Range Chicken makes a nest out of Cobras.


18 posted on 03/28/2011 12:30:53 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Immerito

Here is a huge snake they found dead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc_dKkxMwRE&feature=related


19 posted on 03/28/2011 12:30:59 PM PDT by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: Immerito
Assuming this critter slithered off to some nice, dark, little crevice somewhere, you have to wonder how they determine who gets to make the first peek ...


20 posted on 03/28/2011 12:32:00 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Immerito

Perhaps by escaping the cobra was just trying to get back to the “Hood!”


21 posted on 03/28/2011 12:34:56 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: MNlurker

All thiings being equal, I think I’d rather face the cobra.

After all, the Honey Badger IS a bada$$ animal that just don’t give a sh!t.


22 posted on 03/28/2011 12:39:49 PM PDT by WayneS (Remember: One man's Kinetic Military Action is another man's Man-Caused Disaster)
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To: Immerito
has been unaccounted for since Friday afternoon

According to a press agent the snake is just hiking the Adirondacks, however there are Internet rumors it was spotted wearing a hat and dark glasses while changing flights in Atlanta.

23 posted on 03/28/2011 12:39:59 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: WayneS

Cobras are a woman’s second bra?
Zebras are 25 sizes larger than A bras?


24 posted on 03/28/2011 12:40:29 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: Immerito

Don’t look too hard in the White House where it may have been carried.

Just leave it alone.


25 posted on 03/28/2011 12:46:12 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: MNlurker

So who wins: Honey Badger or Chuck Norris?


26 posted on 03/28/2011 12:47:26 PM PDT by WayneS (Remember: One man's Kinetic Military Action is another man's Man-Caused Disaster)
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To: Immerito
A herd of these bad boys, turn'em loose for a few days and problem solved!
27 posted on 03/28/2011 12:48:02 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: Pan_Yan

its headed to the Catskills, boning up on snake/plane and egypt/de-nile material.


28 posted on 03/28/2011 12:48:26 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

29 posted on 03/28/2011 12:48:36 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: WayneS

Did you see the Honey Badger video someone posted on here it was hilarious some gay guy was doing the commentary. I will see if I can find it I think it was a youtube video.


30 posted on 03/28/2011 12:49:54 PM PDT by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: MNlurker

http://www.honeybadger.com/


31 posted on 03/28/2011 12:50:35 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Immerito
And in other news:

Janet Napolitano claims New York's Bronx Zoo has never been safer.

32 posted on 03/28/2011 12:56:58 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: browniexyz

Was it the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga? They have a great collection of eastern North American snakes, both poisonous and no-poisonous.


33 posted on 03/28/2011 12:57:09 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Lees Swrd

That just scared the BEEGEEBIES OUT OF ME!!!!


34 posted on 03/28/2011 12:58:58 PM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: 2dollarbill

Drench your keyboard with soap. You’re being horribly disrespectful to snakes by equating them with the Illegal. I, for one, will never call Moochelle a “b***h” out of great respect for the mothers of my two wonderful dogs.


35 posted on 03/28/2011 1:00:45 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: gov_bean_ counter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

You may find this more informative (NSFW at high volume) ;)


36 posted on 03/28/2011 1:01:34 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: lurk
Over 50,000 die in alcohol-related traffic events, and we’re excited about finding a cobra that hasn’t struck anyone yet.

Cobras don't drive, so we should be okay.

37 posted on 03/28/2011 1:01:51 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: WayneS

Until the guy tells me otherwise in a video on Chuck Norris I’m going Honey Badger...


38 posted on 03/28/2011 1:03:42 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: Immerito
We hunted for a Yellow Rat snake for 2 weeks, didn't find it until I needed to use my typewriter. She was due to eat so she would have come out soon, but she seemed very happy in the typewriter for the time being.

If your snake ever hides out in your typewriter and doesn't want to come out just aim your wife's hairdryer at the snake's tail, the snake will come out. This will also work for snakes in sofa springs.

This solution to one of life's little problems has been tested and proven!

39 posted on 03/28/2011 1:06:15 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Larry Lucido
Cobras don't drive, so we should be okay.

Toonces does, though....so be careful.


40 posted on 03/28/2011 1:08:32 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Immerito

I’d look at the snack bar. I hear cobras like burritos. Probably wash it down with a coke.


41 posted on 03/28/2011 1:20:31 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: MNlurker

Oh, thath’s justh craaaaazyyyyy...


42 posted on 03/28/2011 1:23:50 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: bcsco

Remember that scene in “Death on the Nile?” Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) is freshening up in the tiny bathroom in his cabin, and he notices a cobra inches from his leg. He taps out an SOS on the wall, and within seconds, David Niven arrives. After assessing the situation, Niven whips out his sword and impales the snake before it can strike. Hilarious movie.


43 posted on 03/28/2011 1:53:08 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Immerito

Just follow the trail of dead bodies.


44 posted on 03/28/2011 2:03:43 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: ptsispts
Hey wussy, more people have died from snake bites than from nuclear plants.

Should we stop all civilization until we eradicate all serpents?

Grow a pair.

P.S. Coal, Oil rig fires and electrical plant accidents kill more folks than cobras...

Do you feel silly there in your environmental utopia? You should.

Jack ass.

45 posted on 03/28/2011 2:04:38 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Immerito

Have they checked the weather? Unless it’s indoors, or near a heat source, it’s dead.


46 posted on 03/28/2011 2:14:07 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: MNlurker

Ah yes, the circle of life.


47 posted on 03/28/2011 2:14:18 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Leo Farnsworth

P.S. Coal, Oil rig fires and electrical plant accidents kill more folks than cobras...

nope cannot agree in India I read there are 10,000 people per year killed by cobras and that is just one country.


48 posted on 03/28/2011 2:27:11 PM PDT by mouser (Run the rats out its the only chance we have)
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To: Immerito

Notice that Drudge has a lede that says the snake “...remains on the crawl...”

I suspect they mean ‘slither’


49 posted on 03/28/2011 2:46:38 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Ax

It’s been so long since I’ve seen that movie I don’t recall that. I’ll have to watch for it on TMC.


50 posted on 03/28/2011 2:50:30 PM PDT by bcsco
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