A bus driver was forced to stop and call the police after an orange snake was spotted on the back seat by a passenger.
Joanne Searle was alerted to the unusual lost item while driving in Shipley, near Bradford, at around midday on Saturday.
Barry Cliff, general manager of TLC Travel, told Sky News: “A passenger boarded the bus and shouted from the back, ‘there’s a snake at the back of your bus – stop the bus!’
“The driver – Jo – stopped the bus and the police were called and they came and took it away. It was a 2ft-long corn snake.”
Most unusual call today? Has to go to the bus driver reporting a snake at the back of the bus!! Snake has been safely removed and the bus is back on its usual route #noteveryday 🐍🐍
— WYP Contact Centre (@WYP_CCC) January 13, 2018
Mr Cliff said he had since heard from the owner of the snake, who said he was taking the reptile to a shop to find out what sex it was.
“When he got to the shop he looked in the box and it was empty,” he continued.
Mr Cliff added: “We have had false teeth left behind and glasses, phones, wallets and purses, but never a snake.”
West Yorkshire Police described the call-out as “unusual”.