The internet is full of adorable cats and dogs that we all love. But we see your cute kittens and raise you an adorable happy gecko who’s beyond thrilled to have a new friend.
This smiling gecko sure takes all the cake and more. In photos posted to the Instagram account 589_tomo, a yellow and pink leopard gecko named Kohaku can be seen smiling with joy as he plays, snuggles, and naps with his lookalike toy.
This adorable little leopard gecko and his toy are seriously BFF goals. They look like such happy animals in every pic; simply looking at them will make your day! And though we know that gecko lizards cannot actually smile, this little fellow might just convince us otherwise.
Tons of Instagram users have been leaving comments wondering where they can get their hands on a similar toy – but Kohaku’s owner says the toy might be hard to get, as it comes from a humble vending machine somewhere in Japan.
Still, that hasn’t stopped animal lovers from across the globe from expressing their love for Kohaku and his tiny friend, who appears to be named ‘Chinmari.’
‘Such a cutie!’ exclaimed one comment. ‘How is he dealing with his newfound fame?’ asked another. Judging by Kohaku’s smiley snapshots, he appears to be doing just fine.
Aside from being an adorable Instagram photo opportunity, Chinmari is also the perfect cohabitant for Kohaku.
People all over the world have become fans of these gecko friends.
Of course, fame often comes with its downsides.
Many have criticized Kohaku’s owner for keeping him in an enclosure that has a sand floor; there appears to be a great debate in the gecko-owning community about whether sand floors are potentially hazardous for the reptiles, with many believing that accidental sand ingestion can lead to a variety of health problems. Despite the slew of critiques, Kohaku’s owner insists they will continue to use the sand enclosure for the gecko, as he enjoys digging through the shifting surface. Furthermore, they say that feeding Kohaku with tweezers prevents the gecko from swallowing sand.