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    On more light-hearted news, a rat snake and a hamster nicknamed "Gohan" (rice) which was meant to be fed to the snake have become the best of friends in Tokyo Zoo.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060118/...ster_and_snake

    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.
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    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.

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    I thought this was cute. They look like they are cuddling in the picture. I just can't imagine Gohan sitting on the snake. I mean, he/she looks a little plump to be sitting on it

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