Usually it's a cuddly teddy bear or a favourite action figure that kids need before they can get to bed. But not for Cambodian six-year-old Sambath Uon; he needs "Lucky", his trusty six-metre long python, before he can sleep.
"I love the python like my sister," Sambath said.
"All my friends are jealous of her."
Sambath first encountered the snake when he was three-months-old, and Lucky was only 50cm.
His parents didn't like to see Lucky with Sambath, and tried to take him back into the forest three times - to which Lucky would keep returning to his child owner.Sambath's mother, Kim Kanara, said: "We would find it asleep next to Sambath. They have slept together every night for the past six years."
"She is a member of the family now. We shelter, feed, bathe and even pray to her."
The python is even considered to have magical healing powers.
"Some recovered from sickness after being blessed by her," Mrs Kanara added.