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Snake filmed eating pigeon in London street

Snake filmed eating pigeon in London street

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The stray snake was discovered on High Road, in Leytonstone, on Saturday morning
A tropical snake has been filmed eating a pigeon on a busy east London street.Dave Fawbert spotted the boa constrictor, thought to be an abandoned pet, on High Road, Leytonstone, on Saturday morning.The RSPCA has since taken the reptile to a wildlife centre and is appealing for information about how it may have come to be in the street.A spokeswoman for the charity said it appeared "someone had found a dead pigeon and then given it to the snake".Mr Fawbert said the snake was "100% eating the pigeon, it had its jaw open wrapped around it and the head was half-way in already".
He added that he had hoped to see a snake in the wild while on safari in Tanzania a few years ago. "I never did, but I guess now I have," he said.His Twitter post of the reptile has been shared more than 4,000 times.Many described the animal as a python, but the RSPCA confirmed it is a boa constrictor.
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Just a python eating a pigeon on Leytonstone High Road #londonlife pic.twitter.com/pFJDCAwVpG— Dave Fawbert (@DaveFawbert) August 4, 2018
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Mr Fawbert said when he discovered the animal on the pavement between a parked car and a row of shops one passer-by screamed.But soon a big crowd gathered, he said.
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I hope python pal finds a safe home after this. He’s not meant for a life of slithering around Leyton— Rosalind (@rozya) August 4, 2018
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RSPCA inspector Rebecca Bedson, who removed the snake, said she was keen to find out how it "came to be in such a dangerous situation". She added: "Anything might have happened to him, he could have been run over by a car or attacked by another animal".
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When Ms Bedson arrived, the reptile and the dead pigeon had been put into a box.The animal charity said many people were "unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are when they take them on" resulting in hundreds of reptile rescues every year.
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