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By: Russell McLendon on Dec. 27, 2011, 7:43 a.m.
Bronx Zoo cobra

Photo: Geoff Stearns/Flickr

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Bronx Zoo cobra

For six days this spring, New York and the world were mesmerized by "Mia," an Egyptian cobra that escaped her enclosure at the Bronx Zoo. Egyptian cobras are poisonous, so the zoo closed its reptile house while hunting for the snake. Meanwhile, Mia earned an online fanbase thanks to a Twitter account detailing her fictitious antics. She had 200,000 followers within a week, and even an endorsement deal, but was finally found at the zoo on March 31.

Here are a few of @BronxZoosCobra's tweets:

• "City may not sleep, but I'm ready to. Ooh a chimney! I bet you bragged to your friends about having a working fireplace in NYC. Hi roomie."

• "If you see a bag of peanuts inexplicably moving along the ground at Yankee Stadium today. Just ignore it. It's probably nothing."

• "Leaving Wall Street. These guys make my skin crawl."