(PIX11) — The Animal Kingdom is full of cruel reality — and sometimes unlikely friendships. A Texas woman’s tweet about her aunt’s pet snake becoming “best friends” with a mouse that was supposed to be its meal has gone viral, and sparked a discussion about what’s really happening.
“My aunt has a snake at my house and she bought a mouse to feed him the mouse is now on day 5 and they are BFFs now,” the woman named Zoey tweeted on Sunday. In the photos — which have been retweeted more than 50,000 times — the mouse is seen cuddling up and sleeping on top of the deadly predator.
Many were happy to see the snake and mouse coexisting peacefully.
But, others have taken a more cynical approach to the situation.
So, what is really going on here? Are the snake and mouse really defying the laws of nature and becoming “friends” against all odds?
According to VCA Animal Hospitals, it is not recommended to feed live prey to pet snakes. “…[A] small even a small mouse can bite and severely injure your pet snake; a mouse can even kill the snake if the snake isn’t hungry!” Ball-pythons are notoriously picky eater, another site says, and may simply not be hungry or find the mouse appetizing. Also the animal may be sick, uncomfortable or stressed.
In other words, this is most likely not the plot of a new children’s nighttime storybook on the powers friendship.
As of this report, the mouse is still alive, and now being fed.