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Hairy Houdinis: 13 animal escape artists

By: Bryan Nelson on Aug. 17, 2017, 11:07 a.m.
Egyptian cobra

Photo: Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society

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Egyptian cobra at the Bronx Zoo

When a venomous Egyptian cobra slithered out of the Bronx Zoo in March 2011, the 20-inch-long adolescent snake became a social media darling. Within days, an anonymous Twitter account immediately collected nearly 200,000 followers. It entertained people with amusing tweets while zoo officials frantically tried to locate the escapee.

The cobra turned up five days later in the zoo's reptile house after keepers scattered rodent-scented wood shavings to lure her out in hopes of finding a meal.

Zoo officials don't know how the snake got out, director Jim Breheny told CNN. "Anyone who has ever dealt with snakes or kept snakes knows that they are notorious as escape artists," he said.