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Hephaestion
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posted 19 January 2006 11:05 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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(Tokyo) Gohan and Aochan make strange bedfellows: one's a nine centimetre dwarf hamster, the other is a 1.2-metre 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. 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.

"We named her Gohan as a joke," Yamamoto chuckled. "But I don't think there's any danger. Aochan seems to enjoy Gohan's company very much."

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M. Spector
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posted 19 January 2006 11:16 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hallelujah! It's the Second Coming!

"The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest." (Isaiah 11:6-8)

Obviously a sign regarding the Canadian federal election.


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Hephaestion
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posted 19 January 2006 12:07 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by M. Spector:

Hallelujah! It's the Second Coming!

[...]

Obviously a sign regarding the Canadian federal election.





Jean Chretien is returning?


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Doug
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posted 20 January 2006 05:21 AM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think the snake is just waiting for the hamster to get fat enough to eat.
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Mr. Magoo
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posted 20 January 2006 10:13 AM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When I was in high school I had an aquarium in my room with a piranha in it, and I would feed him various "feeder" fish from the pet store - mostly goldfish, and the occasional platy.

One day I dropped his platy into the tank and he didn't eat it. I came back later, still no. A day later, still nothing. I dropped in another platy, and he promptly ate it, but left the first alone. For about two weeks he wouldn't eat his little buddy, but he'd eat any other fish I dropped in. Then one day, little buddy gone.

When the snake finally chomps the hamster, I doubt we'll hear about it.


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Tommy Shanks
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posted 20 January 2006 11:02 AM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Marlin Perkins would've been all over this.

It's like the episode of "Wild Kingdom" where the polar bear was stalked by the alligator.


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