Bus passenger uses live snake as a face mask

 edition.cnn.com  09/16/2020 17:39:48 

The man raised eyebrows during his bus journey to Manchester, England on Monday when he was seen with the animal draped around his neck and mouth.

A traveler who witnessed the incident told the Manchester Evening News that she initially believed the snake was "a really funky mask" until it started slithering around the handrails.

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"It was definitely entertaining," she said.

Photos of the incident published online show that the unidentified man was not wearing a mask under the large brown serpent.

The snake was also seen slithering on the handrail of the bus.
A Transport for Greater Manchester spokesperson told CNN that passengers are expected to follow government guidance on wearing face coverings on public transportation during the coronavirus pandemic, unless they are exempt.

"This needn't be a surgical mask ... passengers can make their own or wear something suitable, such as a scarf or bandana," the representative said in a statement.

"While there is a small degree of interpretation that can be applied to this, we do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin -- especially when still attached to the snake."

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