Buddies

Snakeandformerlunch In a scene of Biblical resonance, a snake is lying down with a hamster at a Tokyo Zoo. The rat snake has befriended what had been presented to it in October as lunch.

The BBC reports that hamster now shares a cage with the two-year-old snake, which is named Aochan. The hamster, which now has a name, too - Gohan - sometimes sleeps on the back of its alleged predator.

"I have never seen anything like it," a zookeeper at the Mutsugoro Okoku zoo told the Associated Press News agency.

Blogger Anne-Fay Townsend has. At Big Shiny Things, she begins her post with a little Isaiah 11:6-9:

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. ...

She also recalled another odd couple, the baby hippo and 100-year-old tortoise who became buds in Kenya. And then there was the lioness that adopted several baby oryx in 2002.

Citizen Mom
Posted 01/20/2006 09:16:54 AM

Lemme guess, the hamster is named "Lunch"?

Citizen Mom
Posted 01/20/2006 09:18:05 AM

damn, i read right over that part in your post, dan. lo siento

Ed Ward
Posted 01/20/2006 09:41:26 AM

There was a cat living with the baboons at the Berlin Zoo last time I was there. She'd even been "adopted" by some locals and had a name and her own sign, just like her roommates.

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