April Fools! Bronx Zoo Cobra 'Hacks' Ryan Seacrest

Missing cobra has taken over the 'American Idol' host's web page

ByABC News
April 1, 2011, 12:44 PM

April 1, 2011 -- April Foolssssss!

The hissing, deadly cobra that vanished from the Bronx Zoo last weekend may have been caught Thursday, but that's not stopping her from keeping a very high profile.

Since Monday, fans have been following the slippery snake by the thousands on Twitter at @BronxZoosCobra. The stream's mystery author (who remains a mystery) tweeted the imaginary escapades of the escaped female cobra as it took on Manhattan.

Now, she's "hacked" into Ryan Seacrest's Twitter feed and home page.

On Friday morning, the @BronxZoosCobra tweeted, "Even while incarcerated my reach extends beyond my 20 inches. I have hijacked Ryan Seacrest's Twitter. See for yourself @RyanSeacrest."

And, sure enough, over at the "American Idol" host's account, there was this message, posted almost simultaneously: "Seacrest out! @BronxZoosCobra in! I'm hijacking Ryan's Twitter & fixed his website. It didn't kick enough s. http://bit.ly/Sssseacrest."

Seacrest's homepage had been entirely overrun with snake-related content, like "Britney Spears' Python: Where Is He Now," a roundup of "Best Snake Tattoos" and breaking news that Ryan Seacrest himself had been "Captured & Returned to Pygmy Marmoset Exhibit at L.A. Zoo."

In real life, the elusive snake was found "coiled, sort of secluded in a dark corner" about 9 a.m. Thursday -- with nary a smartphone in sight -- a couple of hundred feet away from the enclosure from which she had slithered, said Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny.

It was recovered by a Reptile House employee using "special tongs to grip the animal," Breheny said.