A man in the UK has been spotted wearing a giant snake as a face mask on a public bus.
The elderly man alarmed passengers as he sat quietly with the huge reptile wrapped around his neck, face and arm, seemingly using it as protection against the spread of coronavirus while aboard a bus in Salford, Greater Manchester in England.
One fellow passenger told the Manchester Evening News: “He had it wrapped around his face like a mask getting on the bus.”
“At first I thought he had a really funky mask on, then he let it crawl around the handrails.
“No one was really bothered on the bus but a man behind took a video. It was definitely entertaining.”
UK disease experts have been quick to dispel the idea that the snake would provide any protection against the spread of COVID-19 (Did anyone really think it would?!).
Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire Adam Hart told Metro.co.uk: “There are, unsurprisingly, no studies of the effectiveness of ‘snake masks’ but I think we can confidently say that this is not an effective way of reducing the spread of coronavirus.”
“The gaps between the coils that allow the ‘wearer’ to breathe will also allow virus particles to pass through. It is, quite frankly, a ridiculous face covering.”
Considering it appears to be a large python, we think there’s also the chance it could prove a health risk when it decides to constrict your airways!