MORNING commuters were left rubbing their eyes in disbelief at the sight of a lobster walking along the pavement in Oxford's Cowley Road today.

The live crustacean had apparently been released onto the East Oxford thoroughfare – or escaped from a restaurant.

Among those who saw it was Telma Borges Simoes while making her way to work at a hairdressing salon.

She said she almost stood on the lobster and had to pull back to avoid hurting it.

Telma said she asked a man sitting at a nearby café if he knew how the lobster had ended up there, but he was equally confused. "He could not believe his own eyes," she said.

She added: “I’ve seen all types of people and things on Cowley Road, but a lobster as big as my hand walking towards the Bullingdon Road was very unusual."

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