Video shows little girl watching TV with 12 foot python named Cher

'My daughter is perfectly safe'

LONDON – A video showing a young girl watching television with a giant snake is surely something you don't see everyday.

The video posted to Facebook by the girl's father, Ed Taoka, has more than 80,000 shares and a ton of reaction, as you could probably imagine.

Many commenters called out Taoka for what they say is a dangerous house pet - a 12 foot long python. 

Taoka added a disclaimer to his post, defending the video:

My daughter is perfectly safe.
Interaction with any animal and child must always be supervised.
No, it is not sizing her up. That is a stupid myth.
Neither snakes have any desire to bite or eat us.
Do you know what this snake loves to eat?
Rats. She loves rats. Won't eat anything else. For the love of god I have tried rabbit but she is a really fussy madam. She just eats defrosted rats.
No we have never been bitten.
These are tame (by dictionary definition), captive bred, pet snakes. They have been handled nearly everyday - multiple times a day since they were babies.
There are more dangerous issues with other animals such as dogs and horses to children than non-venomous snakes.
Snakes, like other animals are also allowed to 'yawn'.

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Ken Haddad is the digital special projects manager for WDIV / He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013.