The feathered fiend swooped into the arena during this afternoon’s match between Mark Selby and Yan Bingato during the pair’s second round World Snooker Championship clash – to uproar in the venue and the commentary box.
Watch the incredble moment HERE
“Well, I don’t believe it, we’ve got a pigeon in the Crucible,” BBC viewers were told by commentator Ken Doherty as Bingato was seen to visibly flinch as the bird flew past him as he sat in his chair cleaning his cue during a break in play.
Several areas of Sheffield experiencing flash flooding as deluge of rain lifts surface off major city road
Lorry driver dies at scene of M18 HGV fire following single-vehicle crash near Doncaster
Sheffield flash flooding leads to closure of several roads as motorists are advised to 'take care while travelling'
Missing person Sheffield: Appeal to find Jack, 26, who went missing from Kelham Island on Friday
Rose House pub Walkley: Sheffield landlady pledges to stay open after windows smashed in two attacks
"What do you do here? Have you ever seen anything like this?,” he said as the bird took off once more, to laughter from Yan.
"Oh he’s coming into the commentary box,” the snooker star laughed.
"Hello there!,” co-commentator John Virgo replied: “Where’s the pigeon going?,” in a nod to his famous ‘where’s the cue ball going?’ catch phrase.
The bird landed on the edge of the table and brazenly walked along the cushion before taking off again, amid whoops of laughter and applause from the audience.
The game’s referee could be seen shooing the bird away from the table – but it isn’t clear if the bird was able to escape from the historic theatre which has been the home of snooker since 1977.
China’s Bingtao is currently leading Selby, last year’s champion, three frames to two in the contest.