Snake 'befriends' snack hamster
Author: Source: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4627950.stm
DO NOT TRY THIS WITH YOUR HAMSTER, IT WILL BE DANGEROUS
A rodent-eating snake and a hamster
have developed an unusual bond at a zoo in the Japanese capital, Tokyo. Their relationship began in October last year, when zookeepers presented the hamster
to the snake as a meal.
The rat snake, however, refused to eat the rodent. The two now share a cage, and the hamster
sometimes falls asleep sitting on top of his natural foe.
"I have never seen anything like it," a zookeeper at the Mutsugoro Okoku zoo told the Associated Press News agency.
was initially offered to Aochan, the two-year-old rat snake, because it was refusing to eat frozen mice.
"I don't think there's any danger. Aochan seems to enjoy Gohan's company very much," said zookeeper Kazuya Yamamoto.
The apparent friendship between the snake and hamster
is one of many reported bonds spanning the divide between predator and prey. Never try to introduce a snake and a hamster,
because the snake will eat the hamster.