A shocking footage shows a three-year-old boy riding a giant python during a flood.
The enormous 20ft long snake is kept as a pet at the family’s home in Thanh Hoa province, northern Vietnam.
This week, horrific floods swamped the country, killing at least 54 people and submerging hundreds of thousands of homes.
Bizarre footage shows a three-year-old boy riding a giant python during a flood
Truong, the young boy, could not contain his excitement as his parents took the chance to let the snake play in the ankle-deep water filling their flooded yard in the Ha Long commune, in Ha Trung district.
The brave young boy immediately leapt on to the deadly creature and straddled its back – giggling adorably as he ‘giddies up’ like a horse on the 176lb (80kg) beast.
The photos of the incident went viral and many netizens claimed that they were edited – but the lad’s family replied with a video proving it was real.
The boy’s aunt, An Nguyen, 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.’
The youngster, named Truong, could not contain his excitement as his parents took the chance to let the snake play in the garden
In the history of Vietnam, this week floods are the the worst.
The heavy rain in the central and northern regions has disrupted travel in some areas, limiting the rescue attempts for the missing.
Hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed, while vast amounts of livestock have also been killed.