King cobra of UCF alum found under resident's dryer
After nearly a month of searching, the missing king cobra, owned by UCF alumnus Mike Kennedy, has been found.
Orange County Animal Services announced Thursday that the cobra was found late Wednesday under a dryer in a garage of an Ocoee resident.
The resident initially called the Ocoee Police Department after hearing hissing under her dryer. After hearing the loud hissing, the responding officers called Animal Services to help capture the king cobra, known as Elvis.
The snake was captured using snake tongs and returned to Mike's wife, Valerie Kennedy, after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation arrived and scanned the cobra for identification and approval, according to OCAS.
The Kennedys took to their Dragon Ranch Facebook page to thank law enforcement, FWC, animal control and the community for their support and understanding.
"We are so grateful for this happy end without harm to anyone. This is a huge relief for Mike and our family," the post reads. "The cobra is pretty beat up and weak and Mike will do all he can to nurse this sick animal back to health."
The capture comes after Mike pleaded not guilty for failure to report the cobra's escape immediately and requested a jury trail.
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