Runaway Cobra an Internet Sensation; Campaign Under Way to Have Snake Host ‘SNL’

Apr 1, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The wayward Bronx Zoo Egyptian cobra, despite having been found by zoo officials and returned to its cage, remains an Internet sensation, with a Facebook presence, a series of humorous tweets and a campaign to have the snake host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

Reuters reported today that the snake quickly accumulated 96,000 followers on its Twitter account–90,000 more than the zoo had attracted for its own Twitter page.

The report also compiled some of the snake’s best tweets. Among them:

“Getting my morning coffee at the Mudtruck. Don’t even talk to me until I’ve had my morning coffee. Seriously, don’t. I’m venomous.”

And: “Getting on the ferry to Ellis Island. Let’s hope this goes better than that time on the plane.”

One more: “Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is gonna be hilarious!”

Meanwhile, a Facebook page has reportedly been set up to spearhead a campaign to have the snake host “Saturday Night Live,” according to Complex Media Network.

The snake supposedly pulled off an April Fool’s joke by taking over Ryan Seacrest’s Twitter page and official website. People magazine reported that the cobra offered “Dos and Don’ts for Dating a Cobra” on Seacrest’s website (“Do not chew mice with your mouth open,” etc.), where reptilian photos were also featured, such as Britney Spears’ legendary performance with an albino python.


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