Man lets 5-year-old son operate backhoe solo

Sept. 26 (UPI) — A Louisiana dad captured video of his 5-year-old son showing off a skill not normally found in his age group — operating a backhoe.

The video shows the young boy sitting solo inside the construction equipment and using the controls to operate the shovel.

The boy, under his father’s instructions, scoops up a shovel-load of dirt and dumps it into a waiting truck.

“Me and my son were at a local dirt pit. Each time we loaded the truck I let him sit on my lap and to learn the controls,” the man wrote. “On our last load, I felt he was comfortable enough to do it on his own. So I stepped out, turned on the camera, and let him do his thing!”

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