Raw video: Snake spotted eating pigeon in London
Boa constrictor seen eating the pigeon in the east of London causes pedestrians to scream.
A boa constrictor wrapped itself around what many believe that it is a dead pigeon and began to eat from the bird in the middle of a busy sidewalk in London Saturday morning as a frightened crowd gathered around to watch.
A 15-second video clip of the special display shows the snake swallowing the pigeon all the way along the High Road. London resident Rachel Garland, 29, took the video as the dove was already halfway down the inside of the snake’s mouth.
“I wasn’t afraid because it was so slow and it was all wrapped up in the pigeon. It was simply try to eat, the dove, not taking a notice of all the people,” Garland described on BBC News.
Dave Fawbert was also a walk along the sidewalk at the sight of the snake to stop him in his tracks. He paused to snap a photo.
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“A python eating a pigeon on Leytonstone High Road,” Fawbert, who initially thought the snake was a python, shared on Twitter Saturday. The image has gone viral, garnering more than 6,500 retweets as of Monday evening.
Just a python eating a pigeon on Leytonstone High Road #londonlife pic.twitter.com/pFJDCAwVpG
— Dave Fawbert (@DaveFawbert) August 4, 2018
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) was called to the scene and safely removed the reptile from the sidewalk.
“[Found] someone had found a dead pigeon, and then it is up to the snake,” an RSPCA spokesman told BBC News. It is unclear how the snake made its way to the sidewalk, but love believes that it could be someone’s pet.
RSPCA inspector Rebecca Bedson told the Evening Standard, a bystander was placed in front of the boa constrictor in a box when they responded to the call. She said that the incident is currently being investigated.
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“I am very excited to know how he came to be in a dangerous situation. Exposed like that on the street would have meant everything that happened, can he run over by a car or attacked by another animal,” Bedson told the newspaper.
The researchers will care for the snake in the next few days as they wait for the owner to come forward. If no one responds, then the snake will be placed in a new home.
Boa constrictors are nonvenomous snakes that weigh more than 100 pounds and reaching more than 13 metres in length. The largest ever measured was approximately 18 meters, according to National Geographic. Boas, who originated from Central and South America, use their large bodies to suffocate their prey before feasting on them.
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