This king cobra has returned to its throne.
A snake traveled back to its exhibit at a Swedish zoo after escaping earlier this month, the animal center’s CEO said Sunday.
Officials with the Skansen Aquarium in Stockholm searched for the snake, whose name is Sir Vass, after it disappeared through a light fixture on Oct. 22, but lost track of the animal until it returned on its own.
“Houdini, as we named him, has crawled back into his terrarium,” CEO Jonas Wahlstrom told SVT, a public channel in Sweden.
The return comes after the 7-foot snake, which is venomous, was located within the facility’s walls through an X-ray. However, zoo officials failed to find the reptile after drilling holes into the walls, losing track of it on X-ray cameras earlier Sunday.
“It was too stressful for Houdini with all the holes in the walls, so he wanted to go home again,” Wahlstrom told SVT.
Wahlstrom suspects the king cobra would have died from the cold had it left the zoo entirely. The snake was on the smaller side for its species, which average about 10 to 12 feet in length but can get as large as 18 feet.
With News Wire Services