Friday, 21 December 2012

Toad in the Hole

I heard this great story on the radio that I thought you’d like.   On Tuesday a woman was shopping in Mr Price Home in Cavendish, Cape Town with the intent of buying a Christmas present.   She was looking at a ceramic candle holder when she noticed that there was something poking out of the hole at the bottom where the barcode usually is.   After calling the shop’s manager and further inspection, lo and behold, the unidentified object was actually a frog’s leg!   

Luckily, the staff at Mr Price Home called the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and the candle holder was carefully broken.   Sitting amongst the ceramic shards was a perfectly big, perfectly alive Asian Gold Toad.   Since the candle holder was made in China, it is guessed that this is where the toad came from, meaning that it had spent at least 3 months inside its ceramic casing!

Apparently, many amphibians are able to live for months at a time without food or water – a survival tactic employed to deal with situations such as drought ... or getting stuck in a candle holder.   Thanks to the SPCA, the toad is fine and is being well fed and watered until it gets handed over to Cape Nature.   Now that’s an awesome Christmas story if you ask me!

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  1. For those of you who are interested, the toad has been named "Jack B Nimble" and was flown yesterday to his new home at MonteCasino Bird Gardens in Johannesburg.

  2. Yay! I'll have to visit him sometime