The cobra “Houdini” escapes from its terrarium, the zoo closed in emergency

ESCAPE – The snake snuck into a lamp, zoo staff search for it in detail

Staff at Skansen Zoo in Stockholm (Sweden) were still looking for a king cobra on Monday, which took to their heels over the weekend, leading to the partial closure of the establishment. The reptile, nicknamed Sir Väs (“Sir Whistler”), arrived at the zoo only a few days ago, fled on Saturday, passing through one of the lights of its terrarium.

A video taken by a visitor witnessing the escape shows the snake, now renamed “Houdini” by the zoo, in homage to the famous magician, the 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.

Flour and sticky traps

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,” said Skansen aquarium director Jonas Wahlström.

In order to find his trace, the employees of the establishment used the flour and set up sticky traps. They are also equipped with special cameras so that they can inspect out-of-range recoils. The zoo’s terrarium has been home to king cobras for almost a(…) Read more at 20minutes

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