Well, this is something we’ve never seen before.
One week ago, Sara Allison was sitting at her parents’ house in Texas when she witnessed something really strange. When Allison went to check on the family’s farm animals, she discovered an uninvited guest who had nestled under one of the chickens and made himself right at home in the coop.
It was a snake, curled up beneath a hen.
At first, Allison was shocked – but what was more surprising was that the chicken was not scared at all.
“She didn’t seem bothered by the snake at all,” said Allison, admitting that she’s still not sure how everything started. “Either the chicken came and sat on it, or it slithered under her and she chose not to move.”
Whatever the case may be, it was certainly a sight to behold.
Interestingly, this wasn’t the snake’s first time to be in the coop. It was just the first time he’d been caught snuggled between the chickens.
It turns out that Allison’s parents already knew about the wild rat snake. He used to come for a short time, serving a vital role in keeping the peace around the place. He lives in a broken car adjacent to the coop and emerges every now and then to help himself to one of the hens’ freshly laid eggs. In exchange, the snake watches over the place and protects the birds from potential predators and pests. That’s why Allison’s dad calls the snake his “best buddy.”
“It has never tried to harm any chickens or their chicks,” said Allison. “W welcome it because it’s free rodent control. I think as long as the snake isn’t harming the chickens, it should be tolerated.”
Following the hen’s lead, Allison decided to leave the cozied-up be – and after checking again, she found out that the snake wasn’t there anymore.
However, that doesn’t really explain why the snake was under the hen that night. Maybe he was just looking for a place where he could chill for some time.
“I was assuming the snake chose that box because it was the closest to the door,” Allison said. “But who knows? It could have been pretty comfy getting warmed up!”
Obviously this is something very different and unexpected, but there is also something sweet about it as well. After all, if these two can get along, what isn’t possible?