A ridiculously venomous Egyptian cobra went missing from New York’s Bronx Zoo in March, and remains yet to be found. While zoo officials say the snake is almost certainly hiding somewhere in the closed-off reptile house, the fact that its venom is powerful enough to kill a full-grown elephant in three hours has prompted the zoo to keep the exhibit closed until further notice. Good call.
But not long after the snake went missing, breaking headlines declared him to be found: on Twitter. In a short amount of time, he collected 96,000 followers…almost 90,000 more than the zoo’s own Twitter page. A Facebook fan page has also been created with the title “Bronx Zoo’s Cobra to Host SNL”.
We love that his location is “Not at the Bronx zoo.”
Even Steve Martin has jumped in on the fun:
@SteveMartinToGo Phone rings. Caller ID: Bronx Zoo. It’s the snake. Hard to hear. Lots of hissing on line.
We don’t know who this mysterious person behind the scenes is, but the results are hilarious. Here are some of the snake’s best Tweets.
Got a bagel at H & H Bagels on upper west side. When I ordered I said, “I’ll have the snakes on a PLAIN.” He did not laugh. Tough crowd.
Getting on the ferry to Ellis Island. Let’s hope this goes better than that time on the plane. #snakeonthetown
Getting my morning coffee at the Mudtruck. Don’t even talk to me until I’ve had my morning coffee. Seriously, don’t. I’m venomous.
@peternbcnews Don’t turn around. I’m right behind you. Just kidding! lol!
Leaving Wall Street. These guys make my skin crawl.#snakeonthetown
Dear @CharlieSheen, know what’s better than tiger’s blood? Cobra venom. #winning #snakeonthetown Also I’m 20 inches long. Just sayin’.
Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is gonna be hilarious!
What does it take to get a cab in this city?! It’s cause I’m not white isn’t it.
Anyone know if Rebecca Black lives in NYC? No reason.
Wouldn’t you like to know. #wherethebronxzoocobraishiding
Snake found. PHEW!