Ah, the Bronx Zoo cobra. Just when we thought last week’s most popular snake had faded from our news consciousness, to be replaced by, say, a baby giraffe, or a tsunami dog, she is back. Because we can’t let these things go, no, we have to name them. The Bronx Zoo, after all, hasn’t gotten this much press in years. And so, there was a naming contest initiated with the Daily News. Now the News and the Zoo have identified the 5 semi-finalists among the 33,000 entries.
Cleopatra – the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt; supposedly killed herself by means of an Egyptian cobra bite
MIA – stands for “missing in action” but will be pronounced “Me-ah”
Subira – the Egyptian word for “patience”
Amunet – A goddess in Ancient Egyptian religion; meaning “the female hidden one”
Agnes – Greek for pure or holy, also a reference to St. Agnes
So, we’re naming the cobra after a woman who died by cobra bite? Meta. Or we’re calling it “Me-ah,” even though its name is MIA? These were the top 5 best names suggested?
Personally, we would have left it at @BronxZoosCobra — after all, that’s the name, and the Twitter, that put her on the map. But we’re not in the cobra-naming business.
If you feel strongly about any of these options, you should vote. You have until Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. EDT. The Bronx Zoo Cobra, for her part, seems a bit offended and is starting a #RenameTheZoo campaign on Twitter.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 4, 2011