AI unveils animal almost certainly to switch XL bullies – and it is not even a canine

The XL bully is dead. Long live the snake.

That’s right, it seems the next dangerous beast people are queuing up to buy isn’t a big dog like a cane corso or Italian mastiff – but exotic snakes like rattlesnakes and cobras. Like us here at Star Towers, you have assumed that it would be a like-for-like large dog breed that would be next in line, but this doesn’t seem to be the case.

Falling back on the ever-reliable oracle that is artificial intelligence chatbots, the Daily Star sat down with future overlord ChatGPT to work out what pet with a dangerous streak will be at the top of everyone’s Christmas list this year. The news follows the government’s XL bully ban which came into force at the start of this year, effectively preventing future generations of the dogs and places safeguards on those that are around already like mandatory leads and muzzles in public.

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But what will be next on the end of a chain, pulling against a struggling owner, salivating probably for a scrap of donner kebab on the floor but also maybe for the human beyond it?

The XL bully is banned in the UK
The XL bully is banned in the UK (stock)

ChatGPT, in its eternal wisdom, told us this: “If focusing on a single type of deadly animal that could potentially become a pet fad in the UK, venomous snakes might be the most plausible candidate.”

A kind and giving emperor-elect, it then went on to explain exactly why it felt this would be the case:

“Exotic Appeal : Venomous snakes, such as cobras, vipers, and rattlesnakes, are often seen as exotic and fascinating creatures. Their rarity and the danger associated with them can make them intriguing to certain pet enthusiasts.

The cane corso was the heir apparent. Then boom. Snake (stock)
The cane corso was the heir apparent. Then boom. Snake (stock)

“Social Media Influence: Social media platforms are filled with videos and posts about handling and caring for exotic and dangerous pets. The allure of owning something rare and deadly can drive interest and make venomous snakes a trending pet.

“Regulatory Environment: While the UK has strict regulations regarding the ownership of dangerous animals, some people are drawn to the challenge and prestige of obtaining the necessary licenses and permits to own such pets legally.

“Interest in Reptiles: There is already a growing interest in reptiles as pets in the UK. Venomous snakes could be seen as the next step for those looking for something more thrilling and unconventional.

Get ready snakes on a lead
Get ready snakes on a lead

“Educational and Conservation Efforts: Some enthusiasts justify keeping venomous snakes as part of conservation efforts or for educational purposes, which can further fuel the trend.”

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