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A Snake Named Mia

A Snake Named Mia
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You may have heard about the Egyptian cobra snake who made a daring escape from her enclosure in New York City's Bronx Zoo on March 26th. She was missing for 6 days, during which an anonymous tweeter started a popular Twitter stream @BronxZoosCobra documenting the snake's supposed adventures around the city. She was finally found hiding still within the Reptile House walls, unharmed but considerably more famous. And now, she's been given a name!

The Bronx Zoo and The New York Daily News hosted a poll for the public to vote on what they thought the snake's official name should be. As of yesterday, the final verdict is in: The Bronx Zoo Cobra is named Mia.

We think the girl's name Mia is perfect for the snake on so many levels. First, it's a reference to the six days when zoo workers were frantically searching for Mia, as in the snake was "M.I.A.". It also reminds us of adventurous musician M.I.A., who would probably also find a way to escape if she was confined to a zoo.

In baby name circles, Mia is also a sign of the times, as the name is quickly growing in popularity around the world. It's the 14th most popular girl's name in the United States overall, and in New York state where Mia The Snake lives, it is #8. The Name Voyager shows the name Mia has been rising steadily and looks like it's still on its way up, though as recently as 10 years ago it was barely registering in the Top 100. The name is also #1 in Australia, #5 in Germany, and #9 in Norway. Some famous Mias include Mia Farrow and model/Aerosmith daughter Mia Tyler.

Mia is a possessive form in Italian and Spanish, as in cara mia (my dear). The word has similar sounds to other short & sweet names we've mentioned recently like Pia (American Idol's Pia Toscano), Gia (Mario Lopez's daughter Gia Francesca Lopez), and Lea (a top name in Canada in the last few years). Isn't it kind of neat that a name could pack two syllables into only three letters?

The other names on the snake ballot for voters were Subira and Amaunet (both Egyptian names in reference to the snake's heritage), Cleopatra (also Egyptian, but perhaps a nod to Elizabeth Taylor too?), and Agnes.

The snake herself had something to say about the chosen name via her Twitter account. Yesterday she tweeted, "So, the vote is in. They want to name me Mia. But in my heart I'll always know that my true name is Mrs. Justin Bieber."

Do you think Mia deserved to win? What other names would you have submitted for the ballot?



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May 21, 2014 3:13 AM
By jersey chelsea grade ori (not verified)

I think the name of mia very beautiful if given to a baby perempuan.namun when administered to a rare snake from Egypt, this makes the snake into a unique and sweet course. I hope it's not sex snake man hhha

i vote mia, hip hip horreeeeeeeee

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