Isn’t this friendly gecko just the happiest little creature you’ve ever seen? And considering the identity of his unlikely new best friend, it’s little surprise. Yes, in a world constantly blighted by terrible news and economic and political hardship, this jolly little fellow is a welcome ray of sunshine. So if you’re in need of cheering up, you’ll want to share in this smiley guy’s delight.
This friendly lizard’s name is Kohaku – and he’s basically the happiest gecko we’ve ever seen. Like all geckos, he lacks eyelids, which means he needs to use his flexible tongue to keep his eyes moist. And while that certainly makes him all the cuter, it’s not the real reason he looks so happy.
In fact, the real reason Kohaku has plenty to smile about is because of his new best friend. But his buddy isn’t a fellow living gecko or another lizard. Kohaku’s pal is something entirely different – because it’s not even alive.
Yes, Kohaku’s BFF is, in fact, a tiny toy gecko. And together, they make a perfect picture of pure innocence and happiness. Seriously – we’ve never seen a cuter pair. In today’s troubled times, this is exactly the tonic we needed.
Let’s be honest, though: this particular gecko is clearly the most content creature on Earth – with or without his tiny toy companion. But really, you can never be too happy. So giving him a brand new BFF must have seemed like the cherry on the cake for both the gecko and his owner.
The cheeky chappie is so naturally photogenic, it’s little wonder that he’s become such a star on Instagram. In fact, he has more than 20,000 followers, with nearly 600 photos to his name. And his fans just can’t get enough of how adorable he is.
Indeed, almost every picture of Kohaku attracts a flurry of doting comments. Instagram user connieleveau, for example, wrote, “Sooo beautiful!” while azar_khajouei gushed, “I love it so much.” It’s fair to say, then, that Kohaku is pretty popular online.
Leopard geckos like Kohaku regularly shed their skin – in fact, it happens every two to four weeks. Somehow, though, it doesn’t seem to have disturbed him that his plastic friend isn’t doing the same. We guess he can tell the difference between a real gecko and a toy after all.
There are more than 1,650 different species of geckos all around the world, but we don’t think “small and plastic” is one of them. Then again, judging by how Kohaku has taken to his new friend, it may be time to revise that list. After all, shouldn’t geckos themselves have the final say on what is and isn’t a gecko?
Of all the geckos around, leopard species like Kohaku are amongst the easiest to look after and keep as pets. Not only are they generally passive creatures, if they’re anything like Kohaku, they also seem to be the happiest little lizards going. So it’s no wonder they’re so easy to look after.
When leopard geckos such as Kohaku are born, they typically measure around three to four inches long. By the time they reach adulthood, however, the males can grow to as much as eight to 10 inches long. Unfortunately for his BFF, though, we don’t think the toy is going to grow at all.
Geckos are capable of losing their tails as a defense mechanism against predators. In the event that they’re attacked, they can detach their tails, which will continue to move around, ideally acting as a distraction. Somehow, we don’t think Kohaku will need to worry about that with his new friend, though.
Of course, even if Kohaku – or any other gecko – did accidentally shed their tail (say, if grabbed by a human), then most of the time it would grow back anyway. It might be a different color and won’t be comprised of the same bone structure as the original tail, but otherwise it’ll be good as new.
Interestingly, if the tail isn’t removed out of sight of the gecko, then chances are they’ll probably – eventually – eat it. Typically, geckos store food reserves and nutrients in their tails, just in case their own supplies ever drop. For happy, cared-for geckos like Kohaku, of course, that time will probably never come.
It’s easy to see why everyone loves Kohaku. And in warmer climates where the lizards thrive, humans love seeing them in their homes. After all, they’re great at driving away (or just eating) unwanted visitors such as mosquitoes and other insects.
Of course, Kohaku doesn’t hang around with solely toy lizards. He’s also been photographed with real-life geckos, albeit still smaller than him. But he doesn’t look any less pleased with himself, beaming his characteristic smile.
In fact, it looks as though nothing can get this spirited little gecko down. Even when presented with a tiny human doll, he looks absolutely ecstatic. If only everyone was this grateful for everything that life threw at them, the world would no doubt be a much happier place.
Geckos can live as long as 20 years – as a matter of fact, the oldest known pet gecko survived for a whopping 27 years. It seems, then, that Kohaku and his BFF still have plenty of adventures yet to come. And no doubt his owner will continue posting them to Instagram for his legions of fans.
If seeing Kohaku’s delightful smile has inspired you to adopt your very own gecko, then you’ll probably want to do your research first. In order to keep a gecko healthy, for instance, you need to feed it a mixture of live insects, including crickets and mealworms. Of course, when the reward is a smile as wonderful as Kohaku’s, it’s totally worth it.
It’s little wonder that this adorable little pair of geckos – one real, one toy – has captured the hearts and minds of the internet. Just seeing how happy something as simple as a toy version of himself seems to have made Kohaku is strangely inspiring. After all, we could all stand to find solace in the little things once in a while.