This video says about itself:
Apr 8, 2011
The Bronx Zoo‘s escape artist Egyptian cobra is ready to go back into the public eye when the Reptile House opens back up Saturday.
From WPIX TV in New York in the USA:
Mia Madness In The Bronx
By FRANCESCA MAXIME
5:41 p.m. EDT, April 9, 2011
THE BRONX, N.Y.(PIX11)— It’s Mia madness, at the Bronx Zoo. People had a chance to catch a first glimpse of the Egyptian cobra who went missing, last month – making quite a name for herself in the process.
The public was invited to come up with names for the cobra and settled on “Missing in Action,” or Mia, for short. Says Johanne Gaddy, a teacher bringing students in to see the young snake, “I think Mia’s a great name, it fits.”
Mia went missing for a full week last month. After a thorough search, she was found within the Reptile House, safe and sound. Norma Mero brought her family to see the snake: “It wasn’t as exciting as I thought it was going to be – she’s to tiny! She’s very cute, but very small.”
Mia is only two feet long, weighs three ounces, and is less than a year old. Eventually, she’ll likely grow to over seven feet.
Many of the zoo’s visitors were surprised by her small size, but her cobra status wasn’t lost on anyone, including a young girl who had this to say: “She kind of surprised me because I thought she’d be bigger: she’s cute, but she’s dangerous.”
On March 26, 2011, the Bronx Zoo informed the public that their reptile house was closed after a venomous adolescent female Banded Egyptian cobra was discovered missing from its off-exhibit enclosure on March 25. The Cobra is actually a Banded Snouted cobra, N. annulifera, formerly considered conspecific to the Egyptian Cobra. Zoo officials were confident the missing cobra would be found in the building and not outside, since the Egyptian cobra is known to be uncomfortable in open areas. The snake’s metabolism would also have been impacted by the cold weather outdoors at that time in the Bronx. The cobra was found in a dark corner of the zoo’s reptile house on March 31, 2011, in good health. After a contest, she was named “Mia” for “missing in action.”
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