Matt Wright, an Australian wildlife host, is facing a backlash after being accused of jeopardizing his two-year-old child’s safety by allowing him handle a giant snake.
Wright, who is famous for risking his life to relocate crocodiles and other dangerous critters on his National Geographic Show ‘Outback Wrangler’, had shared the video on Instagram with the caption “Learning the ropes.”
The footage he shared showed his son, Banjo, on a lawn tugging the tail of what looks to be a massive Olive Python, regarded as Australia’s second-largest snake with a maximum length of over 10 feet long.
At one point, the colossal constrictor, which is several times the boy’s length, tried to wrap itself around a wooden pillar, prompting Wright to urge Banjo to “pull him out.”
After yanking at the snake for several seconds, the bewildered child runs towards his father, who was standing by the snake’s head.
The ‘award-winning tourism operator’ then instructed Banjo to return to the reptile’s tail.
The video was trailed with mixed reactions, as many pointed out that snakes are not toys and the child is not old enough to make an accurate assessments on whether snakes are safe.
However, some social media users reportedly applauded Wright for exposing his son to nature early.
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