Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Where's the Cobra?
Earlier this week, the renowned bronx zoo mysteriously lost it's prized and deadly Egyptian Cobra. This specific loss is of significant importance because of the snake's deadly venom, which can reportedly kill a human within 15 minutes of a bite. While the Bronx zoo is clearly clambering to find it's missing 20 inch cobra, many New Yorkers have taken the comedic approach to the disappearance. The creation of a fictional twitter for the snake has garnered national media attention. The anonymous tweeter has been sending out comical updates about the snake's supposed journey through out New York City. The twitter has ever grabbed the attention of NYC mayor Bloomberg who recently tweeted "Today President Obama and I toured NYC's Museum of Natural History. We saw a 94 foot whale, but not @BronxZoosCobra" While the last month has produced headlines of deadly disasters and images of violent war, the light-heartedness of the missing Cobra story has brought an ease to the tensions of American media over the past several weeks. However, it is still important to understand that the missing snake is deadly and out of it's element, so those in the vicinity of the Bronx Zoo should keep a close eye out!As of today, the Cobra has still not been found, and so the reptile house at the Bronx zoo remains closed. Zoo officials have been confident that they would find the reptile within zoo grounds, however, as days pass that likelihood seems less and less. The loss of such a dangerous animal raises some speculation on how safe the Bronx Zoo truly is, and how responsible the keepers are about maintaining both the animal's and patron's safety.