Shock as snake eats pigeon in London
Pedestrians were left astounded as a snake was witnessed swallowing a pigeon in a London street.
As the Boa Constrictor devoured the bird, bystanders in High Road, Leytonstone, alerted the RSPCA.
A spokeswoman from the animal charity told London's Evening Standard that it appeared someone had fed the dead pigeon to the reptile.
RSPCA inspector Rebecca Bedson said she had taken the snake to a wildlife centre where it is currently being assessed. It is believed to be an escaped or abandoned pet.
"I'm very keen to find out how he came to be in such a dangerous situation," she said. "Exposed like that on a street could have meant anything might have happened to him."
Dave Fawbert, who tweeted a photo of the snake coiled tightly around the pigeon, commented: "100% eating the pigeon, it had its jaw open, wrapped around it, and the head was halfway in already."