Depending on who you are snakes can be some of the coolest or most terrifying creatures alive on this planet, and it’s not uncommon to come across those with an absolute phobia of them.
For those who really can’t comprehend the level of fear a phobia can bring, think about the most terrifying thing you could ever imagine, then think about being directly in front of it. Would you be able to move? Would you even be able to breathe?
Meet Sunshine, a young 19-year-old girl from the Philippines who suffers from a long-standing phobia of snakes, and in order to try and change that she ended up being asked if she would sit through a snake ‘massage’ to face those fears directly to which she agreed. This is something which not even many of those without the fear would sit through and yet she showed nothing but bravery and determination to overcome the debilitating phobia she’s always lived with.
The idea was originally given to her by photographer Ian Maclean, who helped her get the whole thing set up and sat with her to record the entire process. Before you start worrying that these absolutely massive pythons would see her as their next meal, they were each fed an incredibly large meal of ten chickens each; for those unfamiliar with how snakes can be after a meal like that, well, they can basically turn into the most lovable creatures on the planet when used to human contact.
It’s incredible she managed to sit through that, but at the same time I bet it felt much better to face her fears finally and get one hell of a massage in the process! Would you be able to do it?
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