Stockholm's Skansen Zoo was evacuated Saturday after a sly serpent, specifically a king cobra nicknamed Houdini, slithered out of the zoo's terrarium through a light fixture.
As of this morning, he was still at large, although zoo officials believe they know where is is hiding—in the ceiling of the area housing the terrarium that is his regular habitat. On Saturday, they started the hunt by spreading flour on floors to see if that would reveal the snake's slithery path, but that tactic failed.
As of Monday morning, officials were still trying to recover the reptile, which they now believe is in a back room, far from the public viewing area.
Zoo official Jonas Wahlstrom told press that “It’s not in the visitor area, but behind the scenes. It’s cooler there and it’s lying there and resting. It takes time to find a snake.” Among the tactics in use, he said, "we’ve put out some dead rats which might tempt him to return.”