Has anyone else been following the adventures of the Bronx Zoo Cobra? In case you’ve been under a rock lately (one possible location for said snake), here’s the scoop: The Bronx Zoo (in New York) “misplaced” a 20-inch long, venomous, Egyptian Cobra. It was the width of a pencil, they said—was that supposed to make us feel better?—and most likely hiding in the Reptile House at the zoo.
Ha. Those of us on Twitter know better. That snake got around…at least, her online persona did. She dropped by Wall Street, but didn’t stay “Those guys make my skin crawl,” took the ferry to the Statue of Liberty “Give me your tired, your poor/Your coiled masses yearning to breathe free,” wondered “Does anyone know if the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle sells organic mice?” and visited any number of tourist attractions around the city. (Read more here.)
It was genius.
Like a certain rugged archeologist, I don’t like snakes. (He got a nod from our slithery friend, too, when she tweeted “Indiana Jones. Why did it have to be Indiana Jones?”) But I was totally rooting for the snake on this one. I particularly like the way she hacked Ryan Seacrest’s site and started posting blogs like “Britney Spears’ Albino Python: Where Is He Now?” and “Dos and Don’ts for Dating a Cobra.”
What an awesome way to take a potential disaster and turn it into a feel-good story—starring a snake, no less.
The snake was recently captured and returned to the slammer, where she’s currently plotting her escape. While I won’t go so far as to send her a mouse with a saw in it, I hope the Tweets continue. They’re a great reminder that attitude can make all the difference.
Semi-official disclaimer to appease the Feds: Neither Ryan Seacrest nor the Bronx Zoo nor (I hope) any member of the reptile family know who I am, so any links are provided solely for your personal entertainment.