My daughter has been an animal lover since the day she was born. She's the kind of kid who walks up to strangers on the street and asks to pet their Rottweilers, and who volunteers to hold out her palm for the nature dude at camp, so he can place a big, creepy, crawly tarantula on it. We even have a photograph somewhere of her with a cockroach resting squarely on her nose. True story.
Personally, I don't get it. I love a cute little puppy as much as the next suburban housewife, but the rest of these creatures totally freak me out.
Kids, though, are apparently way more open-minded and brave. Just check out this little girl hanging out by the window in fuzzy pink PJs, while playing with a purple plastic My Little Pony doll—and, you know, an eight-foot snake—in a video her dad uploaded to YouTube called "My 3 year old hugging our 8ft male Retic."
What's a Retic?
Apparently it's short for reticulated python, a species found in Southeast Asia that is widely regarded as the world's longest snake.
And yes, I totally just Googled that.
I also found out that while retics are not normally considered dangerous to humans, the large specimens are apparently powerful enough to kill an adult. Which would make this adorable little toddler the equivalent of, say, a light mid-morning snack.
But that doesn't seem to faze the tiny snake charmer, who is so chill about the big ol' serpent on the 'sill that she not only happily marches her purple pony right along his slippery, geographically-patterned back, but she then leans in to hug it out with him.
Still, when it comes to embracing long, slimy creatures...I think I'll stick with gummy worms.