Tweeting Bronx Zoo cobra's wanderings are hissstory

NEW YORK Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:58pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Found: One tweeting Egyptian cobra that slinked out of its cage at the Bronx Zoo a week ago and fascinated more than 210,000 people following its Twitter feed as it traveled around New York.

The Bronx Zoo's venomous cobra was found on Thursday just about 200 feet from its cage to the relief of neighbors but the likely disappointment of those following lighthearted tweets from @BronxZoosCobra -- a Twitter feed created a few days after the snake's disappearance.

Lured with wood shavings reeking of mice and rats, the cobra was trapped in a dark corner of the Reptile House, its home since it arrived at the zoo in February.

It went missing last week, prompting the zoo to close its reptile enclosure.

"We are delighted to report that the snake has been found alive and well," said Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny.

While a relief to the zoo, the snake's capture may mean the end of the witty feed detailing the cobra's carousing around town.

Posting in blasts from trendy sights and major tourist attractions, @BronxZoosCobra managed to squeeze in a few last sights before its capture was announced by the zoo.

"If you see a bag of peanuts inexplicably moving along the ground at Yankee Stadium today. Just ignore it. It's probably nothing," reads the last tweet posted on Thursday afternoon, on opening day of baseball season.

(Writing by Bernd Debusmann Jr.; editing by Deborah Charles)

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