“Houdini,” the royal cobra that escaped from the zoo, remains elusive

The reptile escaped last weekend. He was spotted on Friday but again absconded.

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BA week after ‘Houdini’, the royal cobra, made a spectacular escape from a Swedish zoo, the snake remains elusive. He was spotted on a wall in Stockholm’s Skansen Zoo, but then disappeared again.

The reptile, nicknamed Sir Vass (“Sir Whistler”), which arrived at the zoo a few days ago, escaped through a lamp in its enclosure on Saturday.

To find the reptile, zoo staff spread flour on the ground and set up sticky traps, reports Le Parisien. As seen in a tweet by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, special cameras provided by customs are also in place to check nooks and crannies.

On Friday, the royal dragon was almost caught when it was spotted on the wall. But the reptile soon disappeared and was named in honor of illusionist Harry Houdini.

The zoo’s grounds have been home to king cobras for nearly 15 years, but it only took a few days for a new tenant to find a way in, Wahlstrom added. According to him, “Houdini” had one advantage over previous tenants: The staff recently replaced the lights above the landscape with energy-saving bulbs.

“The old lamps were very hot, which kept the snakes away,” says Jonas Wallström. “It’s not hot now, the new royal dragon has noticed. He put his head between the light bulb and the lamp socket and dragged himself to the exit”.

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According to him, king cobras are naturally peaceful and unlikely to attack. Native to South and Southeast Asia, the king cobra is the longest venomous snake in the world. Its main prey is other snakes, but its bite can be fatal to humans if untreated.


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