Egyptian cobra escapes from Bronx zoo

March 29th, 2011 - 12:05 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Bronx, Mar 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Officials at the Bronx Zoo have closed an exhibition after an Egyptian cobra escaped from its enclosure. The animal is highly poisonous and officials took the first precaution to close off the reptile exhibition to protect the general public.

The animal was found missing on Friday and the officials kept the zoo closed for the remainder of the weekend. As at Sunday, the reptile was still missing and officials fear that if it is loose, it would be a great danger to the general public.

The snake is a 20-inch-long adolescent cobra mostly found in the deserts of Africa and Arabia. A statement was released by the zoo on late Friday. Part of the statement said that, “We are confident that the snake is contained in a non-public, isolation area within the building.”

The Egyptian cobra is one of the most poisonous snakes in the world. It is found mostly in Africa and parts of the Arabian Peninsula. The animal is one of the longest venomous snakes in the world. Egyptian snakes can grow to an astonishing length of 8 feet.

The zoo officials posted on its website that the reptile section of the zoo remains closed.

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