You may now breathe a ssssigh of relief. After escaping from a cage at the Bronx Zoo last week and going MIA, a venomous 24-inch Egyptian Cobra was found on Thursday by zoo staffers. Was it captured while slithering its way through Central Park? Catching a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden? Enjoying a quiet dinner at an Italian bistro in the Village? Nope. She was just coiled up in a dark corner of the reptile house, a mere 200 feet from her cage, and is now “resting comfortably and secure,” according to zoo officials. (Cue the singer from Survivor: The search is over/you were with me all the while…)
It’s been a fangtastic week for the BZC, who quickly became America’s deadly darling as she did everything from staying out of sight to keeping a low profile. One sneaky soul set up a Twitter account @BronxZoosCobra, which detailed BZC’s supposed adventures throughout New York City (“Does anyone know if the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle sells organic mice?”), attracting more than 200,000 followers in the process. Last night on Conan, she sat in with the band after apparently taking out the keyboardist. Perhaps not shockingly, there’s also a Facebook campaign for our dear cobra to host Saturday Night Live. Now I wait for the underwhelming animated reenactment of the event, and lack of a bidding war for the movie rights. What about you, PopWatchers? Are you once smitten, twice shy? Or are you already looking forward to next week’s adorable animal adventure?