GOHAN AND AOCHAN Not only did Aochan the yard-long rat snake play with his food, he befriended it too. The Tokyo Zoo snake became amigos with a hamster, Gochan, that zoo keepers brought him as a snack. Instead of digging in, Aochan introduced himself and allowed the rodent to take a nap on his back. The twosome have been sharing a cage since then. Snakes Plays, Animal Friendship, Unlikely Friendship, Aochan Introducing, Zoos Keeper, Interspecies Friendship, Rats Snakes, Keeper Brought, Tokyo Zoos
A rodent-eating snake and a hamster have developed an unusual bond at a zoo in Tokyo, Japan. Their relationship began when zookeepers presented the hamster to the snake as a meal. However, the rat snake (named Aochan) refused to eat the rodent. The two now share a cage, and the hamster sometimes falls asleep sitting on top of his natural foe. Zookeepers have since named the hamster ‘Gohan’ – the Japanese word for meal. How adorable.