Not everything you read on Twitter is true.
The cobra that escaped the Bronx Zoo last Saturday was today hinting, via Twitter, that he (or she or it) was at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day.
Turns out that was a hoax.
The reptile, at the time of the 1 p.m. tweet, had already been captured by zoo workers. Unlike Atlanta’s escaped zoo rattlesnake, which made it 100 yards to a home before meeting its untimely end at the business end of a shovel, the cobra traveled only 9 feet and survived.
Zoo staff in New York used mouse-scented wood shavings to lure the 20-inch venomous reptile.
He was captured at 9 a.m.
Hours later, just after the Bronx Bombers faced off against the Detroit Tigers, the snake tweeted “If you see a bag of peanuts inexplicably moving along the ground at Yankee Stadium today. Just ignore it. It’s probably nothing.”
Young journalists, let this be a warning about the veracity of fast-and-loose social media.