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Missing Poisonous Cobra (and Twitter Phenom) Has Been Found

Egyptian Cobra
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The snake is in good condition after it went missing from the Bronx zoo last week.

A poisonous Egyptian cobra has been found after it went missing from the Bronx zoo last week.

The elusive snake was discovered "coiled sort of secluded in a dark corner" about 9 a.m. Thursday a couple hundred feet away from the enclosure she had slipped out of, Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny tells ABC News. The snake is now in quarantine.
A prankster had set up a fake Twitter account for the cobra — and attracted more than 200,000 followers on Twitter.
Theo Kim, a staff writer at the Dallas Morning News, noted on his Twitter account: "Why Twitter matters: In just days, @BronxZoosCobra has built a larger social media audience than all Texas newspapers. Combined."
The Tweets the prankster wrote tended to be mean. One, for example, read: "Donald Trump is thinking about running for president?! Don't worry, I'll handle this. Where is Trump Tower exactly?"