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NY zoo closes reptile house after cobra disappears

March 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Part of a popular exhibit at New York's Bronx Zoo has been closed to the public after a cobra disappeared.

The poisonous Egyptian cobra disappeared from an enclosure that's separate from the animal exhibits.

The zoo released a statement saying it's positive the 20-inch-long snake is in an area of the building that's not accessible to the public.

A zoo spokeswoman said cobras do not like open areas.

However, the building remained closed Sunday until zookeepers could locate the snake.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.