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It’s fair to say, walking down the high street nowadays in major cities, can be an eye-opening experience, to say the least.
Apart from the buskers, and the unusual characters you may spot, there’s always something, or someone, who leaves a lasting impression on you – not always for a good reason though.
Spare a thought for one woman who, yesterday (August 4), saw a huge boa constrictor snake as she walked down a busy street in the UK’s capital, London.
It wasn’t just the fact she saw a snake – which I imagine would be pretty alarming to a Saturday shopper – but the fact it was devouring an entire pigeon, in one big mouthful.
Now, I know most of you don’t like pigeons – a lot of people I know call them ‘flying rats’ – but still, this is pretty gruesome and I wouldn’t want to bare witness to such a thing.
I get that it’s nature, and it’s natural, and it’s the snake’s instinct, but this is London – I’d be prepared for it if I was planning on partaking on an epic adventure in the Amazon, but not when I’m enjoying the weekend and walking to a local bookies to put on my accumulator! Flippin’ eck!
— WMTW TV (@WMTWTV) August 6, 2018
Rachel uploaded the video to a Facebook group entitled, ‘Sh*t London’ at around 6.30pm yesterday evening.
At the time of writing, it’s garnered quite a bit of attention – understandably so – receiving over 40,000 views and over 400 comments.
One commenter jokingly (I hope) said:
What the f*ck!!!!!!! The temperature is officially tropical!!! ?? We could also use them all around the city to fix the problem with pigeons!!! [sic]
Somebody should tell to the mayor!!! ???? [sic]
While another stated:
F*ck sake this heatwave better not have bought the tropical wildlife with it!
Another Facebook user wrote:
I fully support this new measure to control the skyrat population [sic]
The RSPCA are said to have confirmed the boa was rescued and taken to a nearby wildlife centre, report The Sun.
RSPCA inspector, Rebecca Benson, said:
I’m very keen to find out how he came to be in such a dangerous situation.
Exposed like that on a street could have meant anything might have happened to him – he could have been run over by a car or attacked by another animal.
It might be that he is an escaped pet, or more worryingly, someone may have deliberately dumped him and left him to fend for himself.
Either way, anybody with any information can give me a call in complete confidence on our inspector’s appeal line by phoning 0300 123 8018.
I’ve heard of snakes on a plane, but snakes on a high street? Hmmmmm.
I guess this is a lesson to us all – be careful when you’re out and about.
Fingers crossed the snake is doing well at the wildlife centre – I can’t imagine the streets of London were ideal for him/her.
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A sports enthusiast with a BA (Hons) in Sports Journalism, who can be found predominantly at Villa Park. Having completed a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, she then went on to work at Sky Sports, the BBC, and the Mirror. When not engrossed in sport, it’s animals, guitars, and Liam Gallagher which take main focus.