HOUDINI THE KING COBRA FINDS WAY TO ESCAPE AGAIN, JUST HOURS AFTER RECAPTURE
Houdini is still an almost mythical historic figure. He was a man who could escape almost any trap or impossible situation. And it seems that his namesake, or namesnake, has all the same skills. Houdini the king cobra is the supposed resident of the Skansen Aquarium at the Stockholm Djurgarden island zoo. Supposed, because Houdini hasn’t gotten the memo yet. In fact, Houdini has his moniker for a reason: he escapes. A lot. And then some more. He escaped just a week ago. Suddenly, he was just gone from his enclosure. The zoo shut down for 6 days to find him! Fortunately, they did at last.
MISSING, VENOMOUS, HOUDINI HAD SHUT DOWN THE STOCKHOLM ZOO FOR ALMOST A WEEK
But unfortunately, captivity wasn’t in Houdini’s plans, and he escaped just hours later. Again! Yet that’s not a casual problem. You can’t have visitors wandering around, especially not kids, when you have a pretty large snake on the loose that has the name cobra in its name. King cobras are very venomous, and a bite from one can all too easily kill. Houdini the king cobra’s official name is Sir Vass (or hiss, in Swedish). But it’s starting to look like Houdini is going to stick. Especially after two escapes within one week!
ZOO STAFF CONFIDENT THEY HAVE HIM ISOLATED AND WILL RECAPTURE HIM SOON, AGAIN
Zoo staff had spent 6 days frantically, if safely, searching for Houdini. They had to bring in x-ray machines and wire cameras to finally find him inside a wall cavity on the zoo property. I can only imagine the relief that they finally knew the snake was safe and secure. Oh, and they could open up the zoo again! But this time, zoo staff are confident that they have him isolated inside the terrarium area. But it seems certain they won’t know for sure until Houdini is safely secured yet again. In theory, anyway. I’m just hoping they don’t find him on the ferry on his way to Germany.