A mouse at a zoo in eastern China was supposed to be a snake’s dinner, but was freed by zoo officials after he informed the snake that he had no plans to go quietly. While the snake was eating another mouse — let’s call that mouse Dinner Mouse — that had been unceremoniously dropped into its cage for its evening meal, this guy — who we’ll call Brave Alive Mouse — jumped on the snake’s head and started to bite him. This was undoubtedly a combination of survival instinct, having a tiny mouse brain, and maybe rabies, but we’re choosing to interpret it as a desperate, heroic attempt to save his friend.
Brave Alive Mouse was not able to rescue Dinner Mouse, but he did capture the attention of zoo officials who decided that this was a mouse who deserved to live, and set him free. So. A happy ending for Brave Alive Mouse. Sadly the snake, despite having a few bite marks on his head, has no memory of what happened and is probably eating another pair of mice right now.
Mighty mouse attacks snake to free fellow mouse, io9.
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