Slippery Bronx Zoo snake gets a name
The snake that went missing for several days at the Bronx Zoo has gained a name after a public vote.
April 7th, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Slippery Bronx Zoo snake gets a name

The Egyptian cobra that turned into a media darling after its escape and subsequent capture at the Bronx Zoo was named Mia on Thursday after a public vote. The name is a play on the several days it was "missing in action."

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  1. joe

    dumb. just dumb

    April 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julian

      Lighten up.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Joe, you're dumb.

      April 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      funny, just funny! Nice to read a lighthearted story – thanks CNN!

      April 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • uhhh huh huh

      That snake is cool.

      April 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I think not...nothing is cool about a cobra. In my childhood town if a snake showed its face to the neighborhood boys it was gased down, match thrown, and watch the critter literally turn to toast...stoning was the other alternative. The girls just cringed and scream...,

      April 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Sorry Mia!

      April 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • B.L. Zbub

      You sure are a turd in the punch bowl, Joe. I bet you get invited to ALL the best parties!

      April 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iowa Jeff

      I agree Joe. Dumb as hell. And for the rest of you idots: Get a life.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andrew Dice Clay

    I'll show that Bronx Zoo a snake, OH!

    April 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • wildwoman46

      I'm sure you would and I'd like to see how that would turn out!!!

      April 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      OH! the Dice man Lives

      April 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrew zimmern

      Wouldn't recommend it, They can always use a new specie to put in a cage indefinitely for people to look at.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa John

      Doubt it. Probably more like a worm or a frightened turtle. zip up and move on.

      April 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • beavis

      more like a bears head poking out of the woods

      April 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stone

      Does your snake have a hood too?

      April 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucas

      They don't have another five days to waste looking for your tiny snake!

      April 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kem

    brilliant.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TXXTian

    Philippians I 3:19

    April 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • T3chsupport

      Try picking a relevant one.

      April 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • idontunderstand

      i am a pastor and i don't understand the relevancy. it kinda doesn't make sense.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • just plain confused

      Of all the parables and references to snakes in the bible you come up with this?

      April 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quincey9

      What do Filipinos aged 13 to 19 have to do with it?

      April 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Thine eyes will become open.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dannon

      1319 Fallopian tubes! ...someone's a mutant!

      April 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • TYLMN

      Philippians only has 4 chapters not 13.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • brathead

      Why do you bible beaters have to reference god or the bible for every story in the news. It's about a snake, not god.....Get a life and lighten up

      April 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      Chocolate eggrolls!

      April 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric Nicolas

      That passage is in code and reveals Jesus was gay.

      April 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michel

    lol... i like it 🙂

    April 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Karen onCape Cod

    Welcome home Mia!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa John

      Yes welcome. Mandrake the Mongoose would like to meet you.

      April 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pat in IL

    Perfect name. It's really nice to actually have some fun with the news for a change!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yes, I agree. Too many joyless former husks of human beings on these forums take things way too seriously. This is a welcome temporary relief.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • pmarbors

      Perfect name ??? For fun : what will come fast to mommy when she calls her daughter named Mia while in the zoo :)) Mia or Mia ?

      April 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Starman

    It works. I thought all the final five were worthy.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wildwoman46

    I'd call it "bad butt". Anyway hopefully they can keep a closer eye on it.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jacks311

      haha..bad butt. that would have been good one too. i'm just glad they caught the thing.. i was kinda paranoid for a few days, taking second glances at trash on the street.

      April 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Diana

    I voted for Mia! haha

    April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa John

      Mia said to tell you "fangs alot"

      April 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • pmarbors

      Now, would you think about naming your daughter Mia too ??? 🙂

      April 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TonyInNYC

    The more I get to know her, the cuter she looks.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      give her a big, fat smooch then!

      April 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • TonyInNYC

      Come here, Mia. Sit right next to me. I won't bite.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • pmarbors

      But, it will... and none will sit next to you for a smooch.

      April 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mad Margaret

    Perfect! And now all the mice she gets for dinner can be called "Woody."

    April 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Military in San Antonio

      Wonder how many people 'got it', Margaret.....

      April 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa John

      Oh how clever. I thought all the mice would simply be called "Franks" as not to scare the little kids. "Look Joey, Mia is going to eat another Frank for dinner". Maybe if she has offspring, we'll call them Rosemary.

      April 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      Good one!

      April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Katie

    I'm just glad she's safe – my question is, why didn't she have a name before this?

    April 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      Maybe that was why she went away and hid.

      April 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron of Ronkonkoma

      The protocol for wildlife educators avoid giving names to animals that aren't pets. By naming them, it suggests that they're not wild animals. Of course, many many groups name the animals anyhow. Since this one has become famous (at such a young age!), it makes sense to identify it beyond 'female Egyptian cobra #3'. Kind of like when someone gets credits for one speaking line in a film.
      Mia is now a good ambassador to draw in zoo guests that might not have come otherwise. I'm sure there was a behind the scenes discussion before the naming thing happened, and the PR people outargued the education people.

      April 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • zapper45701

      Most things with Twitter accounts have names. Mia works. If you haven't read some of those Twitter messages, google the link. They're a scream. Speaking of which–SNAKE? WHERE? Auuuugggghhhhh.

      April 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      *looks at twitter* Well how about that, Mia's quite the entertainer when she wants to be.

      April 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gonzo

    Would have made a nice slip case for an umbrella.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gravis

    I don't like it. "Mia" is not a good name for a cobra. Too warm and friendly.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa John

      What would you have preferred, Pssst Off?

      April 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
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