Don\u2019t let anyone tell you snooker isn\u2019t exciting. The crowd gathered inside the Crucible for the World Snooker Championship got more than they bargained for on Friday, after a pigeon made its way on to centre stage. Players and fans alike stopped in their tracks when the creature flew down from the rafters right onto the table. Yan Bingtao was getting ready to break in the sixth frame against Mark Selby when they found themselves suddenly distracted. Sign up to our free Indy100 weekly newsletter It enjoyed a short stay on the cushion before flying up towards the commentary box.[twitter_embed https://twitter.com/BBCSport/statuses/1517534412690362368 iframe_id="twitter-embed-1517534412690362368" created_ts=1650643373 name="BBC Sport" embed_mobile_width=375 text="There is a pigeon on the snooker table \\n\\nYou read that right. Think it wants a game.\\n\\n#BBCSnooker" embed_desktop_height=691 embed_desktop_width=550 embed_mobile_height=641 id="1517534412690362368" expand=1 screen_name="BBCSport"] \u201cI don\u2019t believe it. We\u2019ve got a pigeon in the Crucible! Have you ever seen anything like this!\u201d the commentator says in the clip. \u201cThere is a pigeon on the snooker table,\u201d a tweet from BBC Sport said. \u201cYou read that right. Think it wants a game.\u201d Selby walked out into the arena and was instantly shocked by what he saw, as the bird was ushered out towards the players\u2019 entrance. It\u2019s a first for the sport, with the surprise avian cameo thought to be the first time the Crucible has ever seen a bird rock up onto the table. The officials later assured the fans inside the venue that the bird had been successfully captured and released outside without coming to any harm. It was the unexpected highlight of a day which also saw Ronnie O\u2019Sullivan take a 12-4 lead over Mark Allen. Have your say in our news democracy. Click the upvote icon at the top of the page to help raise this article through the indy100 rankings.