Escaped cobra captured (and lies on Twitter about it)

Not everything you read on Twitter is true.

Want proof?

All this cuddly fellow wanted was a warm spot under a seat at Yankee Stadium.

All this cuddly fellow wanted was a warm spot under a seat at Yankee Stadium.

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.

9 comments Add your comment


March 31st, 2011
5:07 pm


March 31st, 2011
5:16 pm

….and hopefully LAST.

George Mathis

March 31st, 2011
5:19 pm

DW … congrats on being first to ever say FIRST in my blog. I feel “official” now.


March 31st, 2011
5:42 pm

This article is very informative.


March 31st, 2011
5:50 pm

How do we know the zoo isn’t the one that is lying?


March 31st, 2011
6:46 pm

Actually, the cobra is female, which was mentioned by the zoo when they announced she’d gone missing. Fact check?


March 31st, 2011
6:47 pm

(And yes, I know you said ‘he/she/it’, but you used ‘he’ thereafter, and if you’d read the original post from the zoo, you’d have known which to use.)


March 31st, 2011
7:46 pm

Don’t PM me. I’ll PM you.


April 6th, 2011
11:28 pm