Shoppers look on in horror as teenager takes his 12-foot python ‘for a walk’ through busy town centre
- The young man went for a stroll in Brighton town centre with his pet snake
- Locals called the police who asked him to remove the reptile from the street
- He claimed his pet was ‘content’ but was eventually convinced to take it home
Shoppers were left in shock after spotting a young man taking his 12-foot python ‘for a walk’ in a busy town centre.
The reptile owner was seen strolling with his friend and his pet snake in Brighton, East Sussex, on Tuesday afternoon.
Concerned locals contacted the police who confronted the man and persuaded him to take the python home.
The young man was spotted with his pet snake in the centre of Brighton, East Sussex
Erik Selby, 30, caught the bizarre incident on camera after hearing the disturbance from his office.
He said: There was a lot of commotion and somebody said something about a snake, but I thought they meant a tiny snake.
‘I had seen a big yellow thing on the floor, but it didn’t even cross my mind that was a snake at first.’
In the video the snake can be seen across the pavement with its head leaning against a window next to its owner.
The two police officers ask the man to remove the reptile from the street, before he argues that his pet is ‘content’ where it is.
Eventually the officers managed to persuade him to take it home and he walks away with the python wrapped around his neck.
The man and his friend are thought to have been intending to film the snake for their YouTube channel where they post videos of reptiles in unusual places.
Police officers were trying to persuade him to remove the snake from the street
The reptile owner argued that his pet python was ‘content’ where it was
He was eventually persuaded and walked away with the snake wrapped around his neck
The bizarre incident has divided opinions on social media with some users ‘how is this different to walking a dog?’ and others arguing it’s ‘cruel’ taking the snake outside in autumn.
One person said on Facebook of the snake’s owner: ‘If you see this idiot in Brighton, make sure you tell him what he’s doing to that snake is cruel.
‘Reptiles require heat to digest there food correctly and if they don’t get the correct heating it can lead to serious health problems.. Mug.’
But Erik, a video production company owner, added: ‘The man was arguing ‘how is this different to walking a dog?’
‘The officers didn’t answer back to that. They kept encouraging him to take the snake home.
‘They were as baffled as anyone else.
‘They were saying how it was an interesting end to a shift.’
A Sussex Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called to Ship Street in Brighton at 2.35pm on Tuesday (September 29), following concern for the welfare of a large snake that was being carried in the street.
‘It was reported that the snake had been dropped to the ground and being used for filming with people being invited to hold it.
‘The young man with the snake agreed to return it to his car and was escorted back to his vehicle.’