As much as I enjoyed writing about the Bronx Zoo’s Cobra two weeks ago, I felt that you, my readers, were entitled to an update. After all, much has happened in the life of the cobra since I last blogged!
First of all, a few days after I posted, the cobra was discovered, sitting nicely a few feet away from her enclosure (that’s right, the cobra was a female). Turns out, she wasn’t touring NYC and visiting all of the sites. (Or was she???)
But before being caught, the Cobra made a few tweets worth mentioning:
The “Harry Potter” geek in me can truly appreciate this one. Next, @BronxZoosCobra paid homage to a great film of the 80s:
Finally, when the Piers Morgan Show (on CNN) was interviewing the creators of Twitter, he asked for audience members to send tweets. Our snake friend cleverly sent this one:
Alas, when news got out that the cobra had been found, for awhile there we got some radio silence. Soon enough however, our Twitter hero was back in action with a startling announcement:
What? That’s right, it sounds crazy, but she did. Suddenly, Ryan’s Twitter profile picture was of a snake, and all of his tweets that day were very snake-centric.
Even the @BronxZoosCobra responded to comments that Twitter was trying to figure out how she hijacked her way in:
And then to make matters worse, the snake tried to throw officials off her trail, while at the same time, requesting food:
Meanwhile, over on Ryan Seacrest’s Twitter account, the fun continued:
Finally, at long last, Ryan Seacrest took control of his website and Twitter page. And @BronxZoosCobra returned to zoo/jail humor:
For awhile, it seemed the uproar about the cobra would die down. And then it was announced… the whole Ryan Seacrest thing was a hoax! How do we know? Well, look at the date on all of those tweets? Duh!!!!! Nice prank, Ryan.
But then, the Bronx Zoo decided to have a contest to give the cobra a name. Apparently, @BronxZoosCobra didn’t think she was the only one who should get a new name:
In spite of the fact that the cobra didn’t seem to think she needed a name, 3 days later, the Bronx Zoo announced the cobra’s name:
If you’re like me, you thought “Mia? Why Mia?” Turns out, Mia stands for MIA, or Missing in Action. Actually, I liked that… clever! But then the cobra let us know what she thought of that name:
Since then, the @BronxZoosCobra has settled down. Certainly, there are many clever tweets coming out, including (on Wednesday), the comment that “The camels keep talking that today is hump day.” And several tweets that yearn for being free. But overall, this story is dying down. Except for one final detail…
Guess how many followers Mia the Cobra now has?
Incredible. The world of social media never ceases to amaze me!
- Bronx Zoo’s Cobra Hijacks Ryan Seacrest’s Twitter Account (mashable.com)
- Bronx Zoo’s elusive cobra gets a name (cbsnews.com)
- The Bronx Zoo Cobra Has Been Found! (buzzfeed.com)