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|Baby is 27' long and 400 lbs. Burm.
HENG SINITH/The Associated Press:
SETBO VILLAGE, Cambodia – The little boy regularly sleeps in the massive coil of a 16-foot-long, 220-
pound python. He rides it. He kisses it. He even pats it down with baby powder. Uorn Sambath, a 7-year-
old Cambodian boy, plays with his female python, Chamroeun."There is a special bond between them,"
said Khuorn Sam Ol, father of 7-year-old Uorn Sambath. "My son played with the snake when he was still
learning to crawl. They used to sleep together in a cradle."The boy and his reptile have become a tourist
attraction in Setbo, about 12 miles south of the capital Phnom Penh, as well as a source of wonder to the
locals. "People sometimes call the boy and the snake husband and wife," said neighbor Cheng Raem.
"Maybe they were a couple from a previous life."The python joined the family when Uorn Sambath was 3
months old. His mother, Kim Kannara, discovered the thumb-sized creature coiled beneath a woven mat
on their bed. Khuorn Sam Ol took the snake to some bushes by a local river but two weeks later found it
back inside the house. He decided to keep it and named it Chamroeun, which means progress in English.
Wildlife and police officials used to come by to try to take the snake to a zoo. But they relented after
seeing Uorn Sambath cuddling with the reptile. "I will not let anyone take her away from me, either," the
little boy declared, kissing his pet on the head. "I love her very much."
By KER MUNTHIT | The Associated Press