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Bronx Zoo finds missing cobra after 6 days

A 20-inch Egyptian cobra escaped its enclosure at the Bronx Zoo in New York on March 25, 2011.

March 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The cobra missing from the Bronx Zoo in New York was found on Thursday, ending a six-day search for the snake.

Officials said the snake never left the House of Reptiles and was found by workers just after 9 a.m. Workers had no problem catching the snake after spotting it.

The cobra hadn't been seen since it got out of its enclosure on March 25.

The cobra is now under observation. The zoo hopes to give it a clean bill of health and put it back on exhibit.

Someone purporting to be the missing snake started a Twitter account to detail the fictitious adventures of the snake out of its enclosure. In less than a week, @BronxZoosCobra had more than 200,000 followers.

After news of the cobra's capture, Twitter reportedly suspended the @BronxZoosCobra account.

Egyptian cobras kill close to 50,000 people a year in third world countries. The cobra's venom is said to be so poisonous that it can kill an elephant in three hours and a human in 15 minutes.

WABC-TV contributed to this report.

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