Deadly giant 8-inch African giant slugs are found abandoned at a busy London bus stop
- The giant African land snails have been spotted near the London Bridge Railway
- They had been abandoned in a box near a bus stop before they escaped
- Snail species can carry deadly parasites and cause meningitis in humans
- The potentially deadly duo have been rescued and are awaiting a new home
Huge deadly snails have been spotted on a busy street in the middle of the British capital.
The monster-sized 8-inch African land slugs have been spotted on the sidewalk London near London Bridge Station after escaping from a cardboard box.
The creatures had been thrown into the lettuce-filled box at a bus stop before making their escape.
Giant African land snails can carry potentially fatal parasites and transmit the rat lungworm parasite, which can cause fatal meningitis in humans.
The creatures had been thrown into the lettuce-filled box at a bus stop before making their escape (stock image)
The species, which feeds almost constantly, is also considered one of the most dangerous agricultural pests and has been known to eat agricultural crops such as cocoa, peanuts, bananas and cauliflower.
In the US, officials have been forced to hunt the creatures in Florida after the species began taking over the New Port Richey area.
As of June 23, over 1,000 of the snails have been caught in the area.
In London, the snails were discovered by Jamie-Lee McEvoy, who said they were “as big as [his] Weapons.’
“I thought I would see things,” said the 20-year-old The sun. “Everyone was wondering where they came from. But nobody knew what to do or wanted to touch them.”
The giant snails were collected from London Bridge by Beth Crivelli, a wildlife volunteer, who brought the couple home in a damp towel.
“They live with me in a neatly locked box until I find someone to adopt them,” she said.
The species, which feeds almost constantly, is also considered one of the most dangerous pests in agriculture
Giant African land snails can carry potentially fatal parasites and transmit the rat lungworm parasite, which can cause fatal meningitis in humans
“They would have died crawling through the streets in this heat.”
The country is preparing for the hottest day on record met office Predict temperatures of 106F or 41C. where temperatures are set to peak next week amid a red weather warning.
The unprecedented weather warning says temperatures have an 80 percent chance of beating the current record of 101.7F set in Cambridge in 2019.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said there was a 50 per cent chance of temperatures reaching 40C somewhere in the UK, likely along the A1 corridor.
The UK health agency has raised its heat warning from level three to level four – a “national emergency”.
Stage four is reached “when a heat wave is so severe and/or prolonged that its impacts extend beyond the health and social care system… At this stage, disease and death can occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in the high-risk groups.” “, it was said.