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A cobra that became a national celebrity after it roamed a neighborhood now has a new name

FILE - This Sept. 5, 2014 file photo provided by the Los Angeles Zoo shows the white monocled cobra being held in quarantine after being caught by Los Angeles County Animal Control officers in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The white monocled cobra that briefly became a national celebrity after it roamed a Southern California neighborhood for several days in September now has a new name. The cobra will be called Adhira, which in Hindi means lightning. Adhira came in first in an online poll by the San Diego Zoo, it's current home, announced Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. Adhira received 4,612 votes, besting Sapheda (white), Krima (cream), Cini (Sugar), Moti (pearl) and Sundara (beautiful). (AP Photo/Los Angeles Zoo, Ian Recchio, Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians, File)

FILE - This Sept. 5, 2014 file photo provided by the Los Angeles Zoo shows the white monocled cobra being held in quarantine after being caught by Los Angeles County Animal Control officers in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The white monocled cobra that briefly became a national celebrity after it roamed a Southern California neighborhood for several days in September now has a new name. The cobra will be called Adhira, which in Hindi means lightning. Adhira came in first in an online poll by the San Diego Zoo, it's current home, announced Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. Adhira received 4,612 votes, besting Sapheda (white), Krima (cream), Cini (Sugar), Moti (pearl) and Sundara (beautiful). (AP Photo/Los Angeles Zoo, Ian Recchio, Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians, File)  (The Associated Press)

A white monocled cobra that briefly became a national celebrity after it roamed a Southern California neighborhood for several days in September now has a new name.

The San Diego Zoo tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1xEHdOj) that the cobra will be called Adhira, which in Hindi means lightning.

The Times says 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.

The Times says the snake went on exhibit Dec. 23.