By Jack Wright For Mailonline
Published: 10:51 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 15:01 BST, 15 September 2020
Authorities have pulled a hissy fit after denouncing a man spotted wearing a huge snake instead of a face mask while riding a bus in Salford yesterday.
The man used the large reptile, which hung around his neck, as a face covering while boarding the Swinton to Manchester service at Salford precinct.
Shocked passengers stared in astonishment as the man - clearly making fun of coronavirus restrictions including the compulsory wearing of coverings on public transport in England - removed the snake from around his neck.
The reptile then wrapped itself around the hand rails as fellow bus riders described the surreal scene as 'definitely entertaining'.
One passenger, who asked not to be named, said she initially thought the man was wearing a 'funky mask' before she spotted it slithering over the hand rails.
She said she found the incident 'really funny' and that the animal did not seem to be bothering any of her fellow pas-sengers, telling PA: 'No-one batted a eyelid.'
The public stunt was swiftly condemned by local authorities today as they insisted that snakes are not replacements for face coverings. Photos confirm the man was not wearing a mask under the large snake.
Bus passengers nearly had a hissy fit after spotting a man wearing a huge snake instead of a face mask while riding a bus in Salford yesterday
The man used the large reptile, which hung around his neck, as a face covering while boarding the Swinton to Manchester service at Salford precinct
Using a face covering on public transport is currently mandatory, except for those who are exempt for reasons of age, health or disability.