Little Chinese Boy and Python Lived Together For 12 Years

A Zhe and his python.

A Zhe and his python.

From QQ:

13-Year-Old Boy and Python in Dongguan Have Lived Together for 12 Years, Boy and Python Sleep in One Bed

Most people would be afraid when seeing a snake, but not the boy A Zhe in Dongguan who is only 13 years old. Ever since he was a few months old, he’s been sleeping in the same bed with a python. The relationship he has with the python not only leave people amazed, but also inspired: Any animal in nature can be friends with humans.

A Zhe is kissing his python.

The snake egg was bought by A Zhe’s father, so the python came to A Zhe’s home before it was born, and by the time A Zhe was born, the python was already 6 years old, weighing more than 20kg. When A Zhe was 9 months old, his parents were busy making a living, going out during the day to work, so A Zhe would play with the python. In the hot summer, the python became A Zhe’s natural air conditioner. In the winter, A Zhe would worry the python might be cold, so he would warm the body of his “old pal”.

A Zhe and his python.

A Zhe’s father says his son and the python are with each other all day and all night, and it has never harmed A Zhe. It becomes very active especially when it is with A Zhe. Having this lively, adorable “good friend”, A Zhe has had no interest in other toys ever since he was small, and to this day has very rarely asked his parents to buy him any toys, with this python being the one thing that plays with him the most.

A Zhe is playing with his python.

When the weather is good, A Zhe takes his “old pal” for walks and to enjoy the sun. In 2012, after A Zhe started attending middle school, he could only sleep at home on Saturdays, and thus could no longer be with his “old pal” day and night, making A Zhe sad for a long time. A Zhe’s father says that A Zhe’s biggest dream is to become a zoologist when he grows up, to deal with animals every day, to make more animal friends. In A Zhe’s world, all animals have the right to live on this planet together with humans, and all animals are friends of humans. 2013 is the year of the snake according to the Chinese zodiac, hope people who enjoy eating snake meat will have mercy, will respect every life-form in nature, and not indiscriminately catch and eat wild animals.

Father, son, and snakes.

It is very common for us to see someone walking a dog or a cat, but a father and his son likes walking snakes, and they’re pythons.

A Zhe is picking up eggs laid by his “old pal”.

A Zhe picking up eggs laid by his “old pal”. (reproduced photo) Photos: Zeng Linghua.

Comments from QQ:

腾讯连云港市网友 87742401:

Other people walk dogs, but he walks a python. “Like a boss.”

腾讯网友 大叔:

Well, so rich… [they] even have a “golden python” [Patteraless, Burmese python].

腾讯福建省网友 简单一些: (responding to above)

How much is it?

腾讯网友 鲜衣怒马: (responding to above)

This one should be worth about a million.

腾讯网友 嗼佲萁妙: (responding to above)

Idiot, a 1.1 meter long Patteraless only costs 3,000 kuai, and the one in the picture is mutated, there’s no golden color [on its skin]. Last time when a man walked a 3-meter one, it got on the news, so he had to give it to the zoo. China doesn’t allow keep them as pets.

腾讯沧州市网友 燕子:

They’ve lived together for so many years, there must be a deep bond, but snakes are ultimately cold-blooded animals, so is it really that safe to leave a child at home alone, especially when he’s left at home alone with a python?

腾讯福州市网友 奋斗:

Fuck, the one animal sister [referring to herself] fears the most is snakes—damn.

腾讯天津市网友 淘我喜欢:

Once again not learning the lesson. Last time someone took his patteraless out for a walk and bath, it was confiscated. Pythons are not allowed to be kept by individuals.

腾讯网友 (り﹊颖ル…:

I have goose bumps. Just looking at it makes my entire body uncomfortable.

腾讯深圳市网友 淡 然:

It’s indeed not easy to raise two snakes as big as these. Both men and animals have feelings. Care for all the living creatures.

腾讯广州市网友 细水长流:

Pythons are very tame, they can be treated as pets.

Comments from Sohu:

幸福泉水51358307 [搜狐河北省石家庄市网友]:

Parents and schools should all seriously be against this! It’s not healthy, not hygienic, not civilized, not appropriate.

披荆斩棘54117051 [搜狐北京市网友]:

Many people in foreign countries have been eaten by the pythons they kept as pets. One time, a father came into the room after hearing a noise only to find his daughter already half swallowed.

似水柔情57438815 [搜狐广东省惠州市网友]:

When this 13-year-old boy becomes an adult, he won’t have any desire to ride a wife.

悬梁刺股54168120 [搜狐手机网友]:

They’ve raised it for over 10 years, They long ago became friends… so what if it is a snake? At least they’re not as treacherous as men… What they should do is their business… It’s none of your fucking business… If it is released, it’ll be eaten by people as usual… Making a big deal about nothing… Go mind yourselves first.

飞天黑龙8764 [搜狐北京市网友]:

This photo of them picking up the snake eggs really has my admiration. Snakes are very aggressive animals. I once saw a zookeeper having to cover the snake first with a cloth before picking up its eggs. To so naturally pick up the python’s eggs without having to take precautions and not get attacked truly makes me admire the relationship/bond between human and snake.

搜狐新闻客户端网友 [搜狐四川省成都市网友]:

If you like keeping [pythons] as pets, then keep them as pets, but walking them in public is so not cool. Not everyone likes these things. Plus, snakes inherently are aggressive. Don’t fucking talk about how docile/meek your snakes are, try not feeding them for a week and see. Even walking a dog requires it to be on a leash! Before caring for animals, learn about public morality first!

金石为开5667082 [搜狐内蒙古自治区呼和浩特市网友]:

Humans caring for animals is good, but “living together” with them is frightening. When it comes to aggressive animals, other than possibly harming yourself, it’s also difficult to avoid possibly hurting others. What’s even more frightening is that there may be viruses unknown to mankind within the animal’s bodies, with SARS being the most classic example.

伤心太平洋2008 [搜狐北京市网友]:

Is it real or fake? Reminds me of the fable “the Farmer and the Viper”. Can this kind of animal really become friends with humans? I think it’s because this snake has things to eat every day, but if one day it doesn’t have anything to eat… I dare not imagine, just thinking about it gives me goosebumps. I think it’s still better to keep one’s distance from this kind of animal. After all, safety first.

搜狐新闻客户端网友 [搜狐甘肃省兰州市网友]:

The people’s government’s parent-like officials compete with the nouveau riche on what rare animal’s meat to eat, while a 13-year-old little child uses himself as an example to call on people to protect nature, firmly slapping the faces of those “people” [embarrassing them]. How can those “people” still live in this world [show their faces in public with such shame]?

心平气和46379879 [搜狐手机网友]:

Men and animals living in peace doesn’t mean they have to be treated as pets locked in cages! All we have to do to live peacefully with each other is for us to not go destroy their living environment! Please protect the environment, protect animals.

What do you think? Safe? Dangerous?


Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.


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