When Justin Bieber put his pet snake Johnson up for auction last November, he thought it'd go to an individual. The money was for charity and the winning bidder had to prove that Johnson, a boa constrictor, would be cared for.
It appears that is very much the case. The baby albino boa, who Bieber had wrapped around his wrist when he appeared at the 2011 MTV Music Video Awards, was bought by a Minnesota man, Michael Kronick, an animal and a reptile lover and a collector of celebrity memorabilia. Kronick said that though he loves animals and reptiles he's "afraid of mice and snakes." So he's given Bieber's Johnson away.
Bieber's boa goes to Minnesota zoo
Kronick gave Johnson to the Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo in Owatonna, Minn., and he will be there should Bieber find the time to visit the next time he does a show in the area. As Lynn Underwood, a reporter for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune found out in an interview with Kronick, he brokered the whole deal so the snake would get proper care now and in the future.
"It's scary that someone could love Justin Bieber and buy the snake and when it gets too big not know what to do with it," Kronick said. He didn't reveal how much of a donation he had to make to the Bieber charity of choice in the deal, Pencils of Promise, but at charitybuzz.com in November the bidding was well past $2,000.
"It wasn't free," Kronick told Underwood. "It didn't break me (but) I feel like I did the right thing."
Already those at the zoo say kids are excited to be able to handle a snake that the recently-turned 18-year-old Justin Bieber has touched. Zoo officials say they're going to feature Johnson in reptile shows they have during weekends, beginning this weekend coming up. They are expecting more tween and teenage girls will find the time to come out and visit the zoo now.
Thanks to Bieber's boa.