In the video, a three-year-old named Truong is happily straddling the reptile like a horse, swimming in the devastating flood waters that have rampaged the area. According to multiple reports, the snake is actually a family pet, kept at home in the province of Thanh Hoa.
Truong’s aunt asserts the footage is real, maintaining the little boy truly enjoys playing with the almost 180-pound reptile.
She said, “He is three years old and the python is 80kg. The family have had the python for four years as a pet and it is very gentle.It was a rainy day and the water flooded to the edge of the yard. So they put the python in there to play and relax,” according to The Daily Mail.
Making its way around the internet, the footage has astounded viewers, many of whom are concerned for the toddler’s well-being.
“Just takes 2 seconds and 6 men wouldn’t get that child out if it’s clutch. Sadly, only a matter of time!” one commentator said.
Commented another, “He looks peaceful until he needs a feed. Oh Yuk. I hate snakes.”