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Rishi Sunak excitedly plans to turn Downing Street pond into platypus sanctuary, after new prediction

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London, UK - In a bold move, the Prime Minister announced today that he will be converting the Downing Street pond into a sanctuary for platypuses. This comes after a new prediction from animal experts, who claim that 2024 will be the year of the platypus.

Sunak, who is known for his fondness for animals, believes that the platypus will become the latest addition to his animal menagerie, which already includes a pet snake, a couple of chickens and a fierce-looking tabby cat.

"They're weird and wonderful creatures, you know," said Sunak during a press conference in front of the famous Downing Street door. "And I can't think of a better way to spend my afternoons than watching the platypuses darting around in the pond."

The public has mixed feelings about the announcement. Some have praised Sunak for his commitment to animal welfare, while others have expressed concerns about the noise and smell that platypuses may bring to the neighbourhood.

Environmentalists have also raised questions about the feasibility of the plan, given that platypuses are native to Australia and would need to be imported at great cost to the taxpayer.

However, Sunak remains undeterred.

"It's all about making people happy, you know," he said, beaming. "And what can be more uplifting than the sight of a playful platypus?"

Celebrities have also chimed in on the debate, with some expressing excitement and others voicing disdain.

Liam Gallagher, known for his irreverent quips, tweeted: "Why do we need bloody platypuses in Downing Street? What's next, kangaroos in the garden?"

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift declared her love for the furry creatures, stating, "I'd like to sponsor a platypus and name it after one of my songs."

Despite the naysayers, Sunak is determined to make the Downing Street platypus sanctuary a reality.

"We'll make it work, don't you worry," he said, before diving into the pond and splashing around like a playful otter.

As one onlooker remarked, "It's just like that old saying goes: 'When life hands you lemons, turn Downing Street into a platypus sanctuary.'"

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