Evolutionary biologists are descending on Manchester’s gay village in the hope of studying a new species of snail that appears to have developed there.
The new species, provisionally designated Helix Gayicus, is believed to have adapted to life on in the damp and verdant recesses found all along Canal Street by producing spectral pigments in its outer shell.
The rainbow colours are believed to favour the snail, which blends seamlessly with all the flags and literature that abound nearby.
Less colourful ancestors, unable to disguise themselves so effectively, have been picked off by birds.
In addition to the unmistakable colouring, Helix Gayicus is also distinguished by an inability to propel itself in a straight line.
“It has a distinct mince”, claimed one of the scientists on the scene.