A seven-year old boy in Kandal province of Cambodia has a rather unusual best friend. Kuon Samnang has been spending time with his 4.8 metre long pet reptile since he was born. They are the same age and have hardly been separated in their whole lives. VOA's Ker Yann has the story.
Koun Samol, father: "My boy and the snake have been living very happiliy since he was born seven years ago". "They are the same age".
Samnang spends his days playing with Chomran, hugging the snake and trying to teach it tricks.
Koun Samol, father: "The snake eats ten kilos of duck and chicken in one week".
Unlike most snakes in the area, Chomran does not eat rats or frogs, as its diet is similar to that of Samnang. The whole Koun clans believe the snake has brought them good luck and they treat it like a member of the family.
Information for this report was provided by APTN.