Missing Bronx Zoo cobra found in its reptile house

(AP) - A poisonous Egyptian cobra that disappeared froma Bronx Zoo exhibit was found Thursday after nearly a week on thelam, zoo officials said. The 24-inch snake was found coiled in a dark corner of the zoo'sreptile house, said zoo director Jim Breheny. "As you can imagine, we are delighted to report that the snakehas been found alive and well," he said. The reptile house had closed last Friday after the snakedisappeared and zoo workers couldn't find her. The snake quickly became the stuff of urban legend. Someone evenstarted pretending to be the cobra on Twitter and sent fake updatesto legions of followers. Breheny said the snake was "resting comfortably and secure"and was being evaluated to make sure she was in good condition. He said zoo workers put out wood chips that had been used asbedding for mice in order to lure the 3-ounce snake out of hiding. "We were fairly confident that she would come out and shedid," Breheny said. Breheny said the zoo is evaluating its protocols to make surethe snake doesn't escape again. Zoo officials hope to reopen thereptile house next week.

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