Letters: Cricket Match; Egyptian Cobra

Melissa Block responds to emails from our listeners about the Pakistan-versus-India cricket match and the Bronx Zoo Egyptian Cobra.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

Time now for your comments and a correction. In our story yesterday on the risks of twin pregnancies, one woman spoke of the difficulty and expense of her delivery.

Ms. STACY TIEZER: Within the four weeks before my twins were born, I was in and out of the hospital, plus then in the NICU for six weeks and nine weeks, plus my C-section and everything was over $600,000 that the insurance company paid.

BLOCK: It turns out that woman was misidentified. She is Stacey Tiezer(ph). And while others in the story had undergone fertility treatment, Tiezer conceived her twins naturally.

Now to your comments. First, we heard from many of you in response to our story on the semifinal of the Cricket World Cup between arch-rivals India and Pakistan.

Matthew Preston Jones in Osaka, Japan writes: It was exciting to listen to and think about the high-stakes game and its broader implications on the region. One quick question: What's cricket?

We also heard this from Mark McManus of Pulaski, Tennessee: While I don't expect play-by-play of the match, it would be nice to know the score.

Well Mr. McManus, here you go: India won by 29 runs, 260 to Pakistan's 231.

We also heard from many of you about our treatment of a big story in New York: the escape of an Egyptian cobra from its exhibit in the Bronx Zoo. Not long after her getaway, the snake began tweeting about her adventures.

Unidentified Woman #2: Holding very still at the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is going to be hilarious.

GLINTON: Well, George Bernick of Boise, Idaho didn't think so. He writes this: Your piece was childish and stupid, far below what NPR used to be.

But Gregory Whitten of Pittsburgh felt differently: In case anybody thinks this segment is lame, he writes, I want to say nonsense. Melissa and Michele did a wonderful job, assisted by the Cobra's tweets, adding a little humor to an otherwise dreary day.

Well, Mr. Whitten, I'm afraid the fun is over. The Bronx Zoo announced today that they have found their snake, alive and well. And alas, they will no doubt limit her access to Twitter.

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