closure of a zoo after the spectacular escape of a king cobra, renamed “Houdini” for the occasion

The reptile, nicknamed Sir Väs (“Sir Whistler”), arrived at the zoo only a few days ago, fled on Saturday through one of the light fixtures in its terrarium. A video taken by a visitor who witnessed the escape shows the reptile, now renamed “Houdini” by the zoo in homage to the famous magician, its head already engaged between the fixing of a lamp and the bulb, hoisting itself from one of the branches of his terrarium. The reptile section was then evacuated and remained closed until the escapee was captured.

“A Little Clever”

According to the zoo, the snake, a cold-blooded but heat-loving animal, should now be somewhere in the ceiling. “He won’t come out, in theory, it’s so cold outside that he would fall asleep,” according to Skansen aquarium director Jonas Wahlström.

The zoo’s terrarium has been home to king cobras for nearly 15 years, but it only took a few days for the new tenant to find a way out. “It must be a smart guy,” laughed Skansen Jonas Wahlström.

According to him, “Houdini” had an advantage over previous tenants: the staff recently replaced the lamps above the terrarium with energy-saving bulbs. “The old lamps were too hot, which kept the snakes away.” “Now it’s not hot at all and the new king cobra has noticed that. He missed his head between the light bulb and the lamp attachment and managed to whistle himself towards the exit”.

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