Bronx Zoo Reptile House Reopens

Tens of thousands of ideas were submitted to zoo.

Saturday, Apr 9, 2011  |  Updated 12:15 PM EDT
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Bronx Zoo Reptile House Reopens

Julie Larsen Maher

The Egyptian cobra that went missing will get a name today.

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The reptile house at the Bronx Zoo reopened Saturday for the first time since its missing Egyptian cobra was found.

The venomous cobra went missing two weeks ago and quickly became the stuff of legend. Someone even started pretending to be the cobra on Twitter. The animal was found a week ago in a dark corner of the reptile house.

The zoo and the New York Daily News held a contest to name the cobra. More than 33,000 nominations were submitted. The winner is Mia, for "missing in action.''

The five finalist names were Agnes, Cleopatra, Subira, Mia and Amaunet. Voters have been picking their favorite on the zoo's website.

The winning name was nominated 222 times and received 27 percent of the vote. The runners-up: Subira, 14,016 votes (24 percent); Amaunet, 11,672 votes (20 percent); Cleopatra, 10,730 votes (18 percent); Agnes, 6,777 votes (11 percent).

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