NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A venomous snake has gotten loose inside the Bronx Zoo.
According to officials at the New York attraction a 3 1/2-foot mangrove snake somehow escaped from its cage in the zoo’s JungleWorld exhibit on Tuesday.READ MORE: Broadway League Says Vaccine Mandate For Children Under 12 Will Take Effect Dec. 14
Zoo officials called the snake “mildly venomous” and say the slithery fugitive is actually a timid creature that is more likely to try to find a place to hide until zookeepers can track it down.READ MORE: Better.com CEO Vishal Garg Apologizes For Zoom Firing: 'I Blundered The Execution'
“While we are confident the snake poses no threat to visitors, we placed a sign at the entrance of the exhibit out of an abundance of caution,” the Bronx Zoo told CBS2 in a statement.
“Mangrove snakes, though mildly venomous, are not known to be dangerous to people. They are shy, timid, secretive in nature and active at night.”MORE NEWS: NYPD: Repeat Offenders, Young People With Guns Big Problems Mayor-Elect Adams Will Need To Solve
Zoo officials added that the missing mangrove likely snuck out through a mesh cover and is still somewhere in JungleWorld.