Bronx Zoo Cobra Name Contest Disappointing So Far


It’s time for us to get serious about naming the Bronx Zoo cobra. The submissions are rolling in and they’re terrible. The Houdini theme is popular (get it — because she escaped out of her cage): “Bronxdini,” “Zoodini,” etc. Jesus — Bronxdini?

“Twitter” is also an early front-runner.

Here are some other real possibilities, courtesy of the brain trust in the Daily News’ comments section:

  • Wanda
  • Heidi
  • “I like the name Loosey sort of like Lucy – but she was loose – get it!!! :)”
  • “My name pick for the female Egyptian cobra snake is CLEOPATRA in memory of the great LIZ TAYLOR”
  • An asshole by the name of “TrippSmith” wants to name the snake after his wife
  • “How a bout Dick Cheney or Mike Bloomberg… They’re both real Snakes…”
  • “E. Lou Sieve”

As you can see, this is getting dire. The poor snake could be stuck with “Loosey” or “Twitter” as a name. Cleopatra isn’t a bad option, as I pointed out yesterday, but it’s nothing groundbreaking.

With your help, we can get this situation under control. We have until 1 p.m. tomorrow to submit our names. Don’t feel silly, I’m submitting one too! My entry: Hatshepsut, the pharaoh who ruled longer than any other woman in ancient Egypt. It has a 0.0000001% chance of winning but at least there will be one slightly cool and erudite name in the mix. And you could call her Hattie for short.

Little Hattie’s name will be revealed on Thursday!

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 3, 2011

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