A Chihuahua and a Python have formed an unlikely friendship – after their belly dancing owner brought them together for a show. Paula Staunton, 48, adopted Bashar, along with another python called Xena, to use in her performances. And for Fifi the dog, who is a regular sight at the unique spectacle, it was love at first sight. They often sniff each other out for a cuddle and fall asleep together on their own throne-shaped chair. (SWNS)

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A Chihuahua and a Python have formed an unlikely friendship – after their belly dancing owner brought them together for a show.

Paula Staunton, 48, adopted Bashar, along with another python called Xena, to use in her performances.

And for Fifi the dog, who is a regular sight at the unique spectacle, it was love at first sight.

They often sniff each other out for a cuddle and fall asleep together on their own throne-shaped chair.

Paula, from Wallasey, Merseyside, believes their relationship is just like a human love affair.


“It’s like fatal attraction, without the venom,” says mum-of-one Paula. “They just love each other like two people would.

“Poor Fifi lost her pup a few years back and she seems to have taken Bashar under her paw.

29 April 2013

A Chihuahua and a Python have formed an unlikely friendship – after their belly dancing owner brought them together for a show. Paula Staunton, 48, adopted Bashar, along with another python called Xena, to use in her performances. And for Fifi the dog, who is a regular sight at the unique spectacle, it was love at first sight. They often sniff each other out for a cuddle and fall asleep together on their own throne-shaped chair. (SWNS)

A Chihuahua and a Python have formed an unlikely friendship – after their belly dancing owner brought them together for a show.

Paula Staunton, 48, adopted Bashar, along with another python called Xena, to use in her performances.

And for Fifi the dog, who is a regular sight at the unique spectacle, it was love at first sight.

They often sniff each other out for a cuddle and fall asleep together on their own throne-shaped chair.

Paula, from Wallasey, Merseyside, believes their relationship is just like a human love affair.


“It’s like fatal attraction, without the venom,” says mum-of-one Paula. “They just love each other like two people would.

“Poor Fifi lost her pup a few years back and she seems to have taken Bashar under her paw.

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“They’re inseparable now and Fifi even begs me to let Bashar out of his tank so they can cuddle.

“Snakes aren’t the slimy, creepy, nasty things people think they are.


“They can be very loving and caring. When they crawl over you they give you little hugs.”

Vegetarian Paula feeds Bashar defrosted mice about once a week, but recently, Fifi has caught a couple of live ones for him herself.

“Their relationship knows no bounds,” says Paula.

“Bashar’s even begun to act a little like Fifi. If she’s with me in the car, she wraps herself around my neck and sticks her head out of the window.”

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