Thursday, January 19, 2006

Snake and Hamster - Best Friends...

I thought this was quite interesting.

Wed Jan 18, 3:58 PM ET

TOKYO - Gohan and Aochan make strange bedfellows: one's a 3.5-inch dwarf hamster; the other is a four-foot rat snake. Zookeepers at Tokyo's Mutsugoro Okoku zoo presented the hamster — whose name means "meal" in Japanese — to Aochan as a tasty morsel in October, after the snake refused to eat frozen mice.

But instead of indulging, Aochan decided to make friends with the furry rodent, according to keeper Kazuya Yamamoto. The pair have shared a cage since.

"I've never seen anything like it. Gohan sometimes even climbs onto Aochan to take a nap on his back," Yamamoto said.

Aochan, a 2-year-old male Japanese rat snake, eventually developed an appetite for frozen rodents but has so far shown no signs of gobbling up Gohan — despite her name.

"We named her Gohan as a joke," Yamamoto chuckled. "But I don't think there's any danger. Aochan seems to enjoy Gohan's company very much."

The Tokyo zoo also keeps a range of mostly livestock animals, and promotes "cross-breed interaction," according to Yamamoto.
But Gohan and Aochan's case was "was a complete accident," Yamamoto said.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why did you ban me for? All because I like Kathleen England and wanna go out with her? Also Revree is mean.

Little Lamb said...

I didn't ban anyone. Who are you?

RainStorm1212 said...

Ha! The snake is just waiting for that rat to fatten up!! LOL

RainStorm1212 said...

Lamb, is this anonymous person the one that was banned from Dyck's forum board? He was banned because he was stalking Rev. I haven't posted on Dyck's board in a while, but I still visit everyday and read what's going on.

Mighty Dyckerson said...

Stop banning people, Lambo. You know you did it.

I think the snake and the rat are gettin' it on. Look at how the snake is playing hard to get. And that rat is definitely aroused.

Little Lamb said...

I know all about him and I wasn't the one who banned him. I don't have the special powers Dyckie has at Little Lamb's Dyckersonville.

Little Lamb said...

Oh, I dunno, he was kind of fun to have around.

minwah said...

I'm the snake and that Kathleen England weirdo is the rat...and I'm gonna chew his butt up, and spew him out.

Anonymous said...

It's now Feb, can anyone update their living arrangements~?

Little Lamb said...

Hmmmmm.