Michigan father faces backlash over video of daughter playing with Burmese Python

Posted at 3:19 AM, Jan 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-08 05:25:21-05

SAGINAW, Mich. — A father is responding to criticism he’s been receiving after posting a video of his baby daughter playing with a 13-foot Burmese Python.

In the video, 14-month old Alyssa is seen playing on the floor with the snake as it coils and slithers around.

In a video recently posted to YouTube, Jamie Guarino says his daughter — who is now three years old — was never in any danger, and believes people have an irrational fear of snakes.

“As you can see, the snake is just roaming around, and has no interest in biting her or choking her or swallowing her,” says Guarino.

The father hopes to one day open a reptile zoo and educate people about what he says is a misunderstood animal.

Many people who have viewed the video are calling the man irresponsible.