NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Reptile House at the Bronx Zoo was closed Saturday after an adolescent Egyptian cobra went missing from an off-exhibit enclosure.
Zoo staff said they immediately closed and secured the building after learning the snake was missing. Egyptian cobras are poisonous.READ MORE: Vote To Be Held On Removing Thomas Jefferson Statue From New York City Hall
Officials at the zoo said they were confident that the snake, about 20-inches long, was confined to an isolated, non-public area of the building. Snakes typically seek closed-in spaces, and are uncomfortable in open areas.READ MORE: Cardi B Due Back In Queens Court For Alleged Role In 2018 Strip Club Brawl
“We are informing the public out of an abundance of caution, and will continue to take whatever steps necessary to ensure public safety,” the zoo said in a statement.MORE NEWS: Former President Donald Trump Expected To Give Video Deposition In Trump Tower Security Lawsuit
The Reptile House will be closed indefinitely, zoo staff said.