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Germany: Escaped cobra found after 5 days on the lam

August 30, 2019
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A dust pan and a gripper are pictured in front of an evacuated apartment building in Herne, Germany, Aug. 26, 2019. An escaped cobra is on the loose in the city in western Germany, and authorities are still trying to figure out how far the reptile has slithered. (Caroline Seidel/dpa via AP)
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A dust pan and a gripper are pictured in front of an evacuated apartment building in Herne, Germany, Aug. 26, 2019. An escaped cobra is on the loose in the city in western Germany, and authorities are still trying to figure out how far the reptile has slithered. (Caroline Seidel/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — An escaped cobra that had eluded capture in western Germany for almost a week has been found.

Authorities in the city of Herne said Friday on Twitter that “the snake is being isolated. Further information will follow.”

German broadcaster n-tv reported that municipal workers in Herne chanced upon the poisonous reptile as they were about to mow a nearby lawn.

The hunt for the cobra began Sunday after it was spotted in the hallway of a house where a resident kept more than a dozen snakes.

Four houses on the street were evacuated as a precaution and people within a 500-meter (yard) radius were advised to exercise caution, leaving their doors and windows closed.

Officials had attempted to use flour and two-sided sticky tape to find and trap the reptile.

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