Man takes 12-foot yellow python for a walk and leaves ‘police baffled’

A young man was seen taking his 12-foot python for a walk on a UK street.

Passers-by were bemused to see the reptile owner walking his pet snake with a friend in Brighton, East Sussex, on Tuesday.

However, concerned locals phoned the police who confronted the man on his unusual behaviour.

They persuaded him to take the python home.

But his actions have divided opinion on social media, with some branding him as 'cruel' for taking the snake outside in the cold autumn weather.

Erik Selby caught the bizarre moment on camera after hearing the disturbance from his office.

The 30-year-old said: "It was really surprising to see.

"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.

"I went as close as I could, and I was suddenly like that's the snake."

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Businessman Erik recorded the snake sprawling across the pavement with its head leaning against a window near its owner.

Two police officers encouraged the young man to remove the python from the street, before he argues that his pet is 'content' where it is.

Eventually, he is persuaded to take the snake away by the officers, and walks away from the camera carrying the huge animal wrapped around his neck.

It's thought the man and his friend had been intending to film the snake for their YouTube channel where they post videos of reptiles in unusual places.

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One person wrote 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."

However, 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.

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"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."

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