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Viral photo shows bird in England smoking a cigarette

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Jan. 13, 2016 at 4:06 PM

MANCHESTER, England, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A picture purporting to show a magpie smoking a cigarette on the streets of Manchester, England, is going viral after being posted to Twitter.

The picture, tweeted by user @WillMcHoebag, shows a magpie with an apparently dropped cigarette in its mouth in an imitation of a smoking human.

The user captioned the photo: "Meanwhile in Manchester."

Twitter users debated the authenticity of the picture and offered their own comments, with user @richarrowsmith suggesting: "That magpie looks like it's about to drop the hottest indie album of 2016."

The uploader appeared to be surprised at how quickly the picture went viral.

"1000 retweets for a smoking magpie. Fantastic," he tweeted.

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