Eight-year-old Inbar Regev holds her pet python while swimming in her backyard pool in Ge'a, southern Israel October 7, 2020
Eight-year-old Inbar Regev holds her pet python while swimming in her backyard pool in Ge'a, southern Israel October 7, 2020
Photo: Reuters
Eight-year-old Inbar Regev holds her pet python while swimming in her backyard pool in Ge'a, southern Israel October 7, 2020

Israeli girl makes a splash with her pet snake

Inbar Regev likes cooling off in the pool with her 11-foot yellow serpent friend during the hot days; mother Sarit stresses the importance of growing up around animals to children's education

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Published: 10.08.20 , 16:59
Eight-year-old Inbar likes to cool off in her small backyard pool in Israel with her favorite swimming buddy - her pet python.
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  • The 11-foot yellow serpent, named Belle, is one of her family's many pets, living happily together on an animal sanctuary in an agricultural community in southern Israel.
    Eight-year-old Inbar Regev holds her pet python while swimming in her backyard pool in Ge'a, southern Israel October 7, 2020Eight-year-old Inbar Regev holds her pet python while swimming in her backyard pool in Ge'a, southern Israel October 7, 2020
    Eight-year-old Inbar Regev holds her pet python while swimming in her backyard pool in Ge'a, southern Israel October 7, 2020
    (Photo: Reuters)
    She was named after Belle, the female character in Walt Disney's popular animated film Beauty and the Beast, who dons a yellow ball gown in a famous dance scene in the movie.
    Inbar said Belle is good company during a coronavirus lockdown that has kept schools closed over the past few weeks.
    Eight-year-old Inbar Regev holds her pet python while swimming in her backyard pool in Ge'a, southern Israel October 7, 2020Eight-year-old Inbar Regev holds her pet python while swimming in her backyard pool in Ge'a, southern Israel October 7, 2020
    (Photo: Reuters)
    "It helps me pass the time because I really like to hang out with snakes and sometimes I help snakes shed (their skin) and I help them to be happy during coronavirus," Inbar said.
    Sarit Regev, Inbar's mother, said the two grew up together.
    "Inbar was raised with all these animals and she was raised with the snakes. When Inbar was little she swam inside the bath with the snake and now she has grown up and the snake got bigger, so they swim together in the pool. It's very natural for us," she said.
    Inbar's mother, Sarit, holds their pet python BelleInbar's mother, Sarit, holds their pet python Belle
    Inbar's mother, Sarit, holds their pet python Belle
    (Photo: Reuters)
    "There are people that say - 'you are crazy, how can you do it, you don't love your kids,'" said Regev. "It's a lovely life to live like this. When a kid grows up with animals he becomes a person that loves other people, he becomes a person that cares about others and not about himself," she said.
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