(Yeah, I was expecting Fang as well.)
Partnering with the New York Daily News, the Bronx Zoo let the public submit their favourite name for the high-profile escapee, and more than 34,000 people responded with their nominations.
Mia was nominated 222 times and received 15,972 votes, or 27 per cent of the total.
The final results:
- Mia (15,972, 27%)
- Subira (14,016 votes, 24 percent)
- Amaunet (11,672 votes, 20 percent)
- Cleopatra (10,730 votes, 18 percent)
- Agnes (6,777 votes, 11 percent)
In total, 59,535 people voted.
Over on Twitter, ‘Mia’ celebrated in style.
I was in New York City whilst the search for the cobra reached fever pitch. While these kinds of memes are usually lost on me, the @BronxZoosCobra profile received a ton of attention from local media, likely because, despite the frivolity, it ran nicely alongside a real-life event, and it was one that was happening right now and contained an element of danger, even if it was wildly exaggerated (and ultimately a total non-starter).
The Reptile House at the Bronx Zoo was re-opened on Saturday, April 9. Head on over to pay your respects to Mia.