A baby played with a 13-foot Burmese python, and the video footage was released online in an effort to show people that snakes aren’t necessarily dangerous despite their reputation. According to Gossip Cop, Alyssa, 14 months, can be seen playing with the snake, rolling around on the floor with it and having a blast for herself. This has outraged several people who have viewed the video as many feel as though the little girl could have been killed by the reptile.
Alyssa’s father, Jamie Guarino, said that his daughter was not in any danger while playing with Nay-Nay the snake.
“In this video, I was showing the simple fact that snakes are not evil creatures. They can be a loving pet, despite their bad reputation. My daughter was absolutely in no danger. When people see this clip, they mostly react with fear or negativity, and I don’t understand why. Because as you can see, the snake is just roaming around. It has no interest in biting her or choking her or swallowing her. This is an embedded fear, and I think people are brainwashed.”
The baby seen playing with the python seems to be very comfortable hanging around the creature and letting it crawl all over her. According to Mail Online, the Michigan family has 30 reptiles living at home with them. It is presumed that Guarino allows his daughter to have a relationship with all of their pets.
“To those of you who might see this video as irresponsible or dangerous, please take a minute. Don’t judge based on fear or something you don’t understand. Snakes can be and are loving animals,” said Guarino.
Videos of babies playing with their pets often go viral on the internet, though most aren’t controversial. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a video of a baby jumping with her dog made headlines just last month. You can check out that video here.
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