The hamster was dumped in the rodent-eating snake's cage at a Japanese zoo. But the snake decided he wanted to be friends with the hamster instead, as reported on BBC.
The hamster, naturally, though becoming friends with the snake, instead of being eaten was a particularly fine idea.
So trusting has the hamster become of his new 'friend' that it oftens sleeps curled up beside, or lying across, the snake.
But are they really friends? Or is the snake just fattening up his 'special meal' for later on? Four months into their special friendship and 'Gohan' the hamster (Gohan is Japanese for meal) just keeps on growing.
"I don't think there's any danger. Aochan seems to enjoy Gohan's company very much," said zookeeper Kazuya Yamamoto.
Yeah, for now. Why should Aochan, the snake, settle for one little hamster every month or two, when he can farm one until it's three times bigger?Other cross-species animal friendships :
Squirrel and deer share treat. Squirrel obviously worried by the deer's interpretation of "just one small bite".
Baby hippo adopted by 100 year old tortoise
The Lioness and The Oryx. A three day old oryx, and this is the third oryx this lioness has adopted. An adult female oryx is allowed close enough to feed the newborn. The lioness' last adopted oryx was eaten by the lions of the pride when she wasn't looking. The lioness reportedly howled in anguish for days.