A highly venomous Egyptian cobra that went missing at the Bronx Zoo was found Thursday after nearly a week on the lam, zoo officials said.
The approximately 24-inch snake was found coiled in a dark corner of the zoo's reptile house, about 200 feet from where it had escaped from a holding cage outside the exhibit into a space describe by officials as a "labyrinth" of pipes and equipment.
"As you can imagine, we are delighted to report that the snake has been found alive and well," the zoo's director, Jim Breheny, said during a news conference.
The reptile house had closed last Friday after the snake disappeared and zoo workers couldn't find it.
The snake quickly became the stuff of urban legend. Someone even started pretending to be the cobra on Twitter and sent fake updates to legions of followers.
Breheny said the snake was "resting comfortably and secure" and was being evaluated to make sure it was in good condition.