A python speculated to be an escaped pet was recorded munching on a pigeon at the side of a busy road in London.
The RSPCA said witnesses phoned animal collection officers to the vivid scene Saturday on Leytonstone High Road in London when the python was spotted slithering across a road and devouring a pigeon.
“We received a call yesterday morning reporting a stray snake in High Road, Leytonstone. I arrived to find the python in a box and transported him to a wildlife center where he is currently being assessed,” RSPCA inspector Rebecca Bedson stated to the London Evening Standard.
Rescuers stated the pigeon is believed to have already been deceased and was handed to the snake by bystanders.
“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,” she expressed.
“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,” Bedson added.
Along with birds (hint the footage), pythons will feed on wild animals such as caiman (small alligator-like animals), lizards, antelope and monkeys.
The bigger the meal, the longer it takes to digest. Due to this, a python may only need to eat 4-5 times a year.
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