The Tweeting Bronx Zoo Cobra

Last week, a venomous Egyptian cobra escaped from its cage at the Bronx Zoo ... and wasted no time in opening its own Twitter account. He now tweets from @BronxZoosCobra (and in one day, got more followers than @BronxZoo):

While keepers at the Bronx Zoo’s reptile house searched on Monday afternoon for an Egyptian cobra that disappeared over the weekend, tens of thousands of people around the world had already found the snake. It was on Twitter, of course. [...]

In an exclusive (for now) e-mail interview, the cobra said its main goal on Twitter was a lot like anyone else’s: “I just want Justin Bieber to follow me,” it said. The snake also expressed a desire to experiment with a vegan lifestyle while on the loose. “This adventure is all about trying new things,” it explained. “And Zagat doesn’t have a single restaurant featuring ‘rodent cuisine.’ ”

While the cobra’s Twitter account answered, moment to moment, everyone’s questions about where it was hiding, it raised new ones about how a snake can manage to type. “Thanks to touch screen technology, it just takes a flick of the tail,” it said. And, on its iPhone, “There’s an asp for that.”

Alexis Mainland of The New York Times' City Room Blog follows the story: Link


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