Missing Bronx zoo cobra sparks Twitter following

Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:12pm EDT
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By Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Any old cobra can hiss, but the one that tweets on Wednesday had more than 150,000 people following Twitter posts about her escape from New York City's Bronx Zoo, including top politicians and celebrities.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg responded to a Twitter message from @BronxZoosCobra, which was posted by somebody tweeting as the poisonous Egyptian cobra that went missing from the zoo's Reptile House last weekend.

"Today President Obama and I toured NYC's Museum of Natural History. We saw a 94-foot (29-meter) whale, but not @BronxZoosCobra," Bloomberg wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday.

Talk show host Ellen Degeneres suggested the cobra visit the city's architecturally distinctive Guggenheim Museum.

"They have a great Kandinsky exhibit," she wrote in a Twitter post addressed to the roving reptile. "They also don't have any stairs."

The zoo director says he is confident the cobra was still hidden among the pumps and motors of the reptile enclosure.

The snake's tweets have complied with the social networking site's limit of 140-characters per blast, which have provided sibilant updates of its slither through the city's best-known tourist attractions.

"Getting on the ferry to Ellis Island. Let's hope this goes better than that time on the plane," ran an update posted Wednesday morning.   Continued...