Psst! Wanna buy a nice Michael Jackson souvenir? No, we don’t have any secondhand gloves or pressurized oxygen chambers. However, we do have a genuine 80-pound, 18-foot Burmese python that used to wrap itself around the Weird One himself. That was before it fell into herpetological disfavor and was forced to moon walk back to Laszlo de Borondy’s Casa de Pets in Sherman Oaks, Calif., where Michael bought it in the first place.
De Borondy, 52, is asking $1,500 for the snake, whose name is unknown because Laszlo forgot to ask Michael what he had named it. Jackson bought the snake two years ago, kept it for a year, then asked de Borondy to board it for him for a year. Then two months ago de Borondy got a letter from Jackson’s manager asking him to dispose of the python. De Borondy also got a letter from Jackson’s attorney threatening legal action if he didn’t stop advertising the rejected reptile as Michael Jackson’s. “I am not selling Michael Jackson,” says de Borondy. “I am selling his pet.”
Well, maybe he is, and maybe he isn’t. “I really don’t care if I sell it or not,” says de Borondy. “People come into the shop just to look at it.” And, if the right buyer doesn’t come along, de Borondy says with a wink, there’s this female python who would be a perfect mate for old What’s-His-Name.
Psst! Wanna buy a baby python whose father once belonged to Michael Jackson?