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Bronx Zoo deadly escaped Egyptian Cobra is found alive after 6 days on the lam
The NY Daily News ^ | March 31st 2011 | Barry Paddock

Posted on 03/31/2011 3:34:38 PM PDT by EinNYC

Snakes alive! - the cobra has been found.

The Bronx Zoo's escaped snake was snared in the House of Reptiles on Thursday, six days after she slithered out of her enclosure.

"We found our snake and we're very happy," Jim Breheny, the zoo's director, told the Daily News.

The fanged fugitive was spotted coiled in a corner around 9 a.m., during one of three daily sweeps by a half-dozen zoo workers.

Using special tongs and hooks, they easily apprehended the deadly Egyptian cobra, which is now under observation.

"We knew it was going to be a game of patience. We set the place up to make it easier to search," Breheny said.

Contrary to one report, the zoo did not set any traps with mice for the snake. It simply kept the Reptile House dark and quiet.

"We wanted to just let her feel comfortable," he said. "We did everything we could to help her feel secure."

The snake escaped from a fiberglass box with a sliding glass front while no one was around.

"Clearly she finagled her way out of the enclosure," Breheny said of the cold-blooded Houdini.

Zoo officials are now reviewing the safety of the enclosures and plan to reopen the Reptile House soon.

The cobra will eventually go on exhibit - which should be a big draw, given its notoriety.

The hunt for the missing adolescent made headlines across the globe and prompted either anxiety or amusement from New Yorkers.

An anonymous wit even created a Twitter feed chronicling the reptile's made-up misadventures - and picked up nearly 200,000 followers, from Mayor Bloomberg to Ellen DeGeneres.

All along, zoo officials said they were confident the pencil-thin 20-inch-long reptile was still somewhere in the House of Reptiles, not roaming the city.


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KEYWORDS: bronx; bronxzoo; cobra; egyptiancobra; snake
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Glad they found the snake, both for its sake and the sanity of the NYC public.
1 posted on 03/31/2011 3:34:42 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC

I hate zoos.

Go ahead, all the self righteous now can flame me away about how impt they are.

I hate zoos. I hate the circus too.


2 posted on 03/31/2011 3:37:19 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Hey, that's great.

I hate beets.

3 posted on 03/31/2011 3:38:50 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: EinNYC
Egyptian Cobra is found alive after 6 days on the lam
Should have been on the irt.
4 posted on 03/31/2011 3:38:56 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: EinNYC

5 posted on 03/31/2011 3:39:39 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: EinNYC

“Snakes. It had to be snakes.”

A great movie line....


6 posted on 03/31/2011 3:40:42 PM PDT by newfreep (Palin/West 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
I hate zoos. I hate the circus too.
I thought hippies were full of peace, love and all that good $hit.
7 posted on 03/31/2011 3:41:05 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

“I hate zoos. I hate the circus too.”

I’m with you. I’d rather see money put into REAL preservation of species in their NATURAL habitat. BUT, if an animal is on it’s way to extinction anyway, and is displacing people, I don’t mind it being in a zoo, versus government stealing LAND from property owners to protect a flea or a fly or a mouse.

It’s a fine line on some of these things...


8 posted on 03/31/2011 3:42:08 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

I see that you’re still recovering. Try pulling your head down between your legs and taking some deep breaths. Should improve your shitty outlook on life.


9 posted on 03/31/2011 3:43:15 PM PDT by davisfh (Islam is a mental illness with global social consequences)
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To: oh8eleven

Flame away...next time try to be more clever.

“recovering “means was a “hippie”, ( like David Horowitz) now a conservative.


10 posted on 03/31/2011 3:44:17 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Good points.


11 posted on 03/31/2011 3:45:34 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: davisfh

Well, that was really an articulate post.So clever, so creative and so intelligent.

Maybe my attitude is less crappy than circus or zoo owners...I would like to see animals in their natural habitat, or in a preserve. Guess conservatives are not allowed to have that view. Only liberals are allowed to care about animals.


12 posted on 03/31/2011 3:48:24 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Recovering Ex-hippie
Well at a guess mentioning CLOWNS at this point would be well, scary?

Bwahahaha. Boo!

13 posted on 03/31/2011 3:51:30 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
was a “hippie”
What, did you flunk out because you actually dropped the acid? Maybe it was something simple like took a shower, got a job?
14 posted on 03/31/2011 3:51:50 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

If you hate snakes, and you hate zoos, do you like snakes in zoos?

:)


15 posted on 03/31/2011 3:55:40 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
BUT, if an animal is on it’s way to extinction anyway, and is displacing people, I don’t mind it being in a zoo on my dinner table,

I know that's what you meant to type.

16 posted on 03/31/2011 3:56:02 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.conservativedna.com/)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

You asked to be flamed, shouldn’t complain when people flame you.

I like the modern naturalized habitat zoos. The animals are healthier, live a heck of a lot longer than they would in the wild, and people get to see exotic animals. Most zoo ownership groups are big animals rights people working hard to help animals in and out of their zoo. Back in the old days of prison cage zoos you might have had a point, but most zoo animals these days have better living conditions than the people who come to see them.

And animals are a very small part of the circus. And most of them are connected to some sort of preservation action. Ringling Brothers is one of the top breeders of elephants and tigers on the planet.

It ain’t the 70s anymore, both the zoo and circus industries have changed dramatically. These days if you care about animals zoos are a VERY good place to be putting your money, and circuses aren’t too bad either.


17 posted on 03/31/2011 3:56:47 PM PDT by discostu (Come on Punky, get Funky)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“It’s a fine line on some of these things...”

At our local zoo the large animals are in really large habitats - not the cages from years gone by. Of course now there is no guarantee that you will be able to get a good look at the animal if they are off in a corner behind the trees. But it is pretty cool to look out on an “African Savanah” and see hippos, giraffe, wildebeasts, springbok, antelope, etc. all mingled together. (The lions have their own large space!)

And lots of descriptions of some of the animals endangered status, and reasons why (habitat, poaching, etc.). So it is a learning experience, with one of the goals to have people appreciate the animals and their predicament in the wild and what one can do to help.

It has been awhile since I’ve been to the circus - but I recall I thought it was “demeaning” to the lions, etc. to be doing their tricks. Although I doubt they care or know any different. Just like my dog, as long as they are being well cared for, fed, etc.


18 posted on 03/31/2011 3:57:13 PM PDT by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: EinNYC

The GPS on the cobra’s twitter account was probably helpful in locating the snake.


19 posted on 03/31/2011 4:04:57 PM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Only liberals are allowed to care about animals.

Well, duh! :-)

20 posted on 03/31/2011 4:12:22 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Hate zoos,
hate circuses,
hate museums,
hate the opera,
hate rodeo,
hate movies,
hate whatever you want.

It doesn't matter whether they are important or not, or whether or not you consider them to be of value or a detriment. That is the beauty of a free society. Zoos, wildlife parks, museums, and other institutions are available for those who want to visit them, and in the free marketplace those who want to frequent and support them can and those who don't are free to stay away. I hate tattoo parlors and cigar bars, but others think they are great. Now maybe a cigar-smoking tattoo enthusiast will flame me for hating his or her favorite haunt, or maybe not. Who cares! It's still a (mostly) free country.

21 posted on 03/31/2011 4:15:05 PM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

I’m a pretty conservative guy and I can tell that you didn’t take my advice.


22 posted on 03/31/2011 4:15:06 PM PDT by davisfh (Islam is a mental illness with global social consequences)
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To: 21twelve
At our local zoo the large animals are in really large habitats...

I would like to see larger animals such as lions and tigers set free in larger habitats...may I suggest Massachusetts?

23 posted on 03/31/2011 4:18:17 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: EinNYC

and the award for the best coverage of the missing snake story goes to CNN, hands-down, whose reporter conducted a little snakecharming with a red recorder outside the reptile house at the zoo.


24 posted on 03/31/2011 4:21:13 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: who knows what evil?

I was thinking of re-introducing Grizzly bears and wolves in California. Starting with San Francisco.


25 posted on 03/31/2011 4:26:03 PM PDT by EricT. (Can we start hanging them yet?)
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To: EricT.

...another outstanding concept! Who says conservatives are hostile to environmental issues?


26 posted on 03/31/2011 4:31:33 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Me, too. I do not like zoos; nor do I like the circus. The animals in them are not happy; sometimes developing crazy reptitive behaviors to deal with the frustrations associated with being held in such small confines. The elephants in circuses have it hard, too. They’d be happier in their original habitats. . . and clowns, don’t get me started. I’m glad they have jobs, but are just weird. And I say that willingly of my own accord and I’m a clown myself; Twinkie the Clown.


27 posted on 03/31/2011 4:44:20 PM PDT by Twinkie (WHERE'S ALL OF OBAMA'S RECORDS?)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

I hate oatmeal. It’s fine in cookies, but put it in a bowl with after soaking it in boiling water - yuck. I don’t care how much sweet stuff you put in it. It’s still yuck. You’d be surprised how many people want to argue with me about my hate for oatmeal.

So,I support you in our hate for zoos. Circus’s - had to think about that one. They do have clowns. A lot of people hate clowns, so, OK.

By the way, I’m not a recovering ex-hippie, but people think my husband and I look like hippies. I’m the music director at a cowboy church. I look nothing like a cowgirl (cow-person?). BUT I sing like one, so no one cares that I look like a hippie.


28 posted on 03/31/2011 4:49:36 PM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: stansblugrassgrl
(PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)

AMEN!!

29 posted on 03/31/2011 4:59:09 PM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: EinNYC

Yeah, but how come Obama is still on the loose?


30 posted on 03/31/2011 5:00:22 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: EinNYC

It took six days to find her. How come you can never get a mongoose when you need one?


31 posted on 03/31/2011 5:03:04 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

>> I hate zoos. I hate the circus too.

My guess is, you’re not a big fan of Congress, then.


32 posted on 03/31/2011 5:04:35 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: EinNYC

That should teach that smart alecky snake to get on Twitter.


33 posted on 03/31/2011 5:07:54 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: 21twelve
At our local zoo the large animals are in really large habitats - not the cages from years gone by. Of course now there is no guarantee that you will be able to get a good look at the animal if they are off in a corner behind the trees.

Of course, there is the occasional newsworthy animal lover who solves that problem by climbing the fence.....

34 posted on 03/31/2011 6:00:47 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: 21twelve
At our local zoo the large animals are in really large habitats - not the cages from years gone by. Of course now there is no guarantee that you will be able to get a good look at the animal if they are off in a corner behind the trees.

Of course, there is the occasional newsworthy animal lover who solves that problem by climbing the fence.....

35 posted on 03/31/2011 6:00:55 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

36 posted on 03/31/2011 6:21:23 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: EinNYC

Found on the lam? I would have looked there first!!!!


37 posted on 03/31/2011 6:24:14 PM PDT by Little Pharma
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To: oh8eleven

Your ability to articulate just is more amazing with each post.


38 posted on 03/31/2011 6:28:47 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: discostu

I appreciate your information on both zoos and circuses.

I would agree with you on the zoos, if they are well maintained, etc.

I do not like circuses because they “train’ the animals to do unnatural tricks and their training methods are not very humane. But because of your post I will research that some more.
thanks.


39 posted on 03/31/2011 6:32:47 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: VRWCmember

Articulate post...well written. Thanks

If the zoos are good for the animals, then not much of a problem...i like to see animals NOT caged...and soem zoos do that now, have them roam freer.

Circuses usually are not, but I will research more after reading another post.


40 posted on 03/31/2011 6:36:29 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Mr. Lucky; Recovering Ex-hippie

I hate clowns


41 posted on 03/31/2011 6:37:02 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When all you have is bolt cutters & vodka everything looks like the lock on Wolf Blitzer's boathouse)
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To: I still care

I don’t hate snakes...really, not thrilled with them or want one as a pet, but they are God’s creatures, and they have a purpose...so let them be free.


42 posted on 03/31/2011 6:38:25 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: 21twelve

Great post and well written on the zoo concept and its positives.

Zoo animals are “trained” and its pretty awful , but will research more of that.


43 posted on 03/31/2011 6:40:13 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Twinkie

Well said, those are my concerns too.


44 posted on 03/31/2011 6:42:03 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: stansblugrassgrl

You sound like a really fun and great person to be around.

Best wishes to you and your husband,..people make rash judgments on the what “seems” to be obvious without looking at the real person.


45 posted on 03/31/2011 6:45:00 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Nervous Tick

ROFLMAO!

BEST REPONSE OF THE NIGHT!


46 posted on 03/31/2011 6:46:23 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Jimmy Valentine

You know I hate clowns... Sad Clown Face ——> :0(


47 posted on 03/31/2011 7:02:16 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

I’m teasing you. But frankly, I don’t think snakes really care.

My son keeps telling me he wants one and I’ve absolutely laid down the law on this. No snakes in the house.

We have a black racer that lives under my lawn furniture and I think he is pretty neat. He’s pretty big. I live in FL, he likes the lizards and maybe the palmetto bugs. I say, eat away.


48 posted on 03/31/2011 7:03:34 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Thank you, REH. I try to live by “be joyful always, pray continuously and give thanks in all circumstances”. It comes out in the music. The joyful noise God wants to hear can be laughter as well as song (I’ve heard some that may have been experiencing joy when they were singing, but I think they were the ONLY ones). God bless!


49 posted on 03/31/2011 7:05:52 PM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: rabidralph

“I don’t mind it being on my dinner table...”

LOL!

When you’re at the top of the Food Chain, eventually EVERYTHING tastes like chicken! :)

Had a run-in with a coyote early this morning. A little unnerving, but we all survived; me, my Lab and the coyote is back on the hill in the woods where he belongs!

(He would’ve made a nice hat, though!) :)


50 posted on 03/31/2011 7:07:00 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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