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Bronx Zoo missing cobra gets new name

The cobra that gained worldwide fame after going missing from the Bronx Zoo has a new name that fits her personality.

April 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The cobra that slithered her way to worldwide fame after going missing from the Bronx Zoo has a new name that fits her personality.

The Egyptian cobra is now known as "Mia," which also stands for "missing in action." The zoo held a contest to name the poisonous snake, and some 59,000 people voted on the final five choices.

Mia went missing for about a week and quickly became the stuff of legend. Someone even started pretending to be the cobra on Twitter.

The animal was found in a dark corner of the reptile house. Zoo visitors will be able to see Mia when the reptile house reopens on Saturday.

Other finalists in the naming contest:

  • Cleopatra.

  • Agnes, which is Greek for pure or holy.

  • Amaunet, an ancient Egyptian goddess. It means "the female hidden one."

  • Subira, Egyptian for "patient."

The Associated Press contributed to this story