A man was spotted using a live snake as a makeshift face mask on a city bus in England.
The unidentified man was picking up the bus from Swinton to Manchester on Monday with a snake wrapped around his neck when another passenger snapped a photo of the strange moment.
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A passenger, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he first believed the man was wearing only a “funky mask” until the reptile began gliding on the railing, according to the BBC.
The woman said she found the incident “really funny” and the other passengers did not appear to be worried about the snake.
“No one knocked on an eyelid,”
Authorities said the snake did not cover the face during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“Government guidelines make it clear that this is not necessarily a surgical mask and that passengers can make their own or wear something appropriate, such as a scarf or bandana,” a Transport spokesman told Greater Manchester, according to the statement.
“Although there is a small degree of interpretation that can be applied to this, we do not believe that it extends to the use of snake skin – especially when it is still attached to the snake,” the statement said.
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In England, face masks are required on public transport, such as planes, trains and buses, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.