The San Diego Zoo took possession today of the potentially deadly white cobra snake that mesmerized Southern California for much of this week.
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The “world famous” zoo's publicity department quickly sprang into action and tonight released video (on the next page) of the snake's arrival to what will likely be its lifelong home at the Balboa Park campus.
Visitors won't be able to view the reptile just yet (except via this video):
The snake will be put on a 90-day quarantine as a precaution.
Kim Lovich, reptile curator for the institution, said that there's another monocled cobra at the zoo's reptile exhibit that can be be viewed.
The zoo said in a statement that the newcomer is an “all white form of the usually black-and-white species.” The species was “on the brink of extinction,” according to the statement, so the zoo was apparently happy to have it.
Such cobras hail from Southeast Asia. The L.A. Zoo originally took the snake in, but officials there said they didn't have the right antivenin on-hand should it bite. The San Diego facility does, so both institutions worked out a deal to send it south today.
The San Diego Zoo received the snake about 4 p.m., according to its statement.
The snake bit a dog in Thousand Oaks Tuesday and was the subject of a full-scale search Wednesday before it was spotted crossing a nearby street and captured Thursday, L.A. County authorities said.
The hunt was still on for its owner. It's illegal to keep such a venomous reptile unless rare permits for display or research are issued, a state official said. An L.A. Zoo expert said he believed the cobra's venom glands had not been removed, as is sometimes the case with pets.
That would make the cobra potentially deadly. Upon it's arrival at the San Diego Zoo, the snake raised its head and hissed angrily. But zoo officials said it settled in and mellowed out.
Maybe its hiss is worse than its bite. The dog was expected to recover.