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Lost Bronx Zoo cobra found alive in its reptile house

After nearly a week long disappearance from its cage, the venomous snake was found alive, coiled in a dark Reptile House corner, reports the AP

After a week-long disappearance, the Bronx Zoo cobra has returned safe! The poisonous Egyptian cobra that slipped out of the “World of Reptiles” exhibit last weekend was found Thursday, after nearly a week on the lam, according to the Associated Press.

The venomous 24-inch Egyptian Cobra slinked out of its cage at the Bronx Zoo a week ago. The reptile shot to superstardom on Twitter and fascinated more than 210000 people following its Twitter account soon after it went missing from the Bronx zoo.

Lost cobra found alive, safe
After nearly a week long disappearance from its cage, the venomous snake was found alive, coiled in a dark Reptile House corner, reports the AP.

The elusive snake was found on Thursday, March 31, by zoo staffers, about 200 feet from its original home in the reptile house at the Bronx Zoo.

The venomous 24-inch Egyptian Cobra slinked out of its cage at the Bronx Zoo a week ago. The reptile shot to superstardom on Twitter and fascinated more than 210000 people following its Twitter account soon after it went missing from the Bronx zoo.

"As you can imagine, we are delighted to report that the snake has been found alive and well," the zoo's director, Jim Breheny, said during a news conference, with a picture of the snake projecting on a huge screen behind.

Breheny said the reptile was "resting comfortably and secure" and was being evaluated to make sure it was in good condition.

Zookeepers lured snake from its hiding place
He said several efforts were made to lure the 3-ounce adolescent snake out of hiding. According to him, mouse-scented wood shavings were sprinkled as well as noise was reduced and lights were dimmed to make the environment more comforting.

"It was merely the scent of the rodents that we hoped would bring her out," Breheny said. "We had to give her a chance to feel secure and comfortable so she would come out and explore her environment," he said.

The reptile house had come to an abrupt close last Friday after the cobra disappeared and zoo workers couldn't find it.

Cobra became Twitter hit
The snake quickly became phenomenon after someone set up a Twitter account, @BronxZoosCobra, which chronicled the snake’s imaginary adventures around NYC and managed to rack up more than 219,000 followers.

Some of its tweets are as follows:

The first tweet read: “I want to thank those animals from the movie ‘Madagascar.’ They were a real inspiration.” The next one teased: 'Wouldn't you like to know #wherethebronxzoocobraishiding.”

In other tweets, it joked: “If you see a bag of peanuts inexplicably moving along the ground at Yankee Stadium today. Just ignore it. It’s probably nothing.”

“Dear NYC, Apples and snakes have gone together since the beginning.”

"Indiana Jones, why did it have to be Indiana Jones?"

“Not a fan of G.I. Joe.”

“Forgot DWTS is tonight! Someone DVR it for me. Want to watch Ralph Macchio go down for what he did to Cobra Kai Dojo.”

“I do speak Parseltongue, but with a thick Bronx accent.”

BronxZoosCobra on Twitter has stopped posting messages.