Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot python

Shocking footage that shows a little boy riding a 20-foot python in the streets of northern Vietnam is quickly making its way around the internet. 

In the video, a three-year-old named Truong is happily straddling the reptile like a horse, swimming in the devastating flood waters that have rampaged the area. According to multiple reports, the snake is actually a family pet, kept at home in the province of Thanh Hoa. 

Truong's aunt asserts the footage is real, maintaining the little boy truly enjoys playing with the almost 180-pound reptile. 

She 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," according to The Daily Mail

Making its way around the internet, the footage has astounded viewers, many of whom are concerned for the toddler's well-being. 

"Just takes 2 seconds and 6 men wouldn't get that child out if it's clutch. Sadly, only a matter of time!" one commentator said. 

Commented another, "He looks peaceful until he needs a feed. Oh Yuk. I hate snakes."

Scroll through for some more wild reptilian footage:

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Red-sided garter snakes form a mating ball outside their winter den in Narcisse, Manitoba, May 14, 2008. Tens of thousands of snakes exit the dens in the spring to perform their frenzied mating ritual before dispersing to nearby marshes. PICTURE TAKEN MAY 14 REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA)
Group of common garter snakes (sub species red sided garter snake Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis) mating in Narcisse Snake Dens, Manitoba, Canada in 18.5.2014.
Student Mikhail Baerg inspects a red-sided garter snake outside the snake's winter den in Narcisse, Manitoba, May 14, 2008. Students and tourists visit the site where tens of thousands of snakes exit the dens in the spring to perform their frenzied mating ritual before dispersing to nearby marshes. PICTURE TAKEN MAY 14 REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA)
Red-sided garter snakes form a mating ball outside their winter den in Narcisse, Manitoba, May 14, 2008. Tens of thousands of snakes exit the dens in the spring to perform their frenzied mating ritual before dispersing to nearby marshes. PICTURE TAKEN MAY 14 REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA)
A student holds a red-sided garter snake outside the snake's winter den in Narcisse, Manitoba, May 14, 2008. Students and tourists visit the site where tens of thousands of snakes exit the dens in the spring to perform their frenzied mating ritual before dispersing to nearby marshes. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA)
A student holds a red-sided garter snake outside the snake's winter den in Narcisse, Manitoba, May 14, 2008. Students and tourists visit the site where tens of thousands of snakes exit the dens in the spring to perform their frenzied mating ritual before dispersing to nearby marshes. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA)
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