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American cobra gets a Desi name

A white monocled cobra that briefly became a national celebrity after it got a desi name. The San Diego Zoo says that the cobra will be called Adhira, which in Hindi means "lightning."

Adhira came in first in an online poll to find a name for the venomous cobra that was captured in Thousand Oaks and, after a period of quarantine, joined the zoo's Reptile House.

Adhira received 4,612 votes, besting Sapheda (white), Krima (cream), Cini (Sugar), Moti (pearl) and Sundara (beautiful). Selected by the cobra's keepers, the names were meant to reflect the Southeast Asia region where cobras are native.