Contest alert! The recently-located Bronx Zoo Egyptian cobra is still nameless, and we all have until 1 p.m. on Monday to submit our suggestions. The contest is run by the Bronx Zoo in conjunction with the Daily News and if you win…you’ll win the honor of having named the most famous snake in New York. Nay, the country. So what kinds of names should we be considering?
Hissy Elliott has already been suggested. The thing about going with a celeb pun name is that not only will it probably be dumb (see: “Hissy Elliott”), but it’s a little too of-the-moment. This name needs to have staying power, cobras (probably) live for years.
A Bronx reference
Not sure what this would be exactly. Especially since it’s a girl snake, so calling her “Steinbrenner” or something would be weird.
Bronx Zoo’s Cobra
What the Twitter (which is getting really rather old) suggested.
Something counterintuitively normal
Just call the snake Ashley or Lauren.
So, those are our options for naming the cobra. We’ll find out the winner on Thursday. Start brainstorming!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 2, 2011