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Exploading Toads?

April 25th, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

Yahoo! News – Exploding toads baffle German experts

Apart from their David Hasselhoff preoccupation Germans seem to have a new unexplainable problem on their hands: Thousands of toads are swelling to the bursting point, and, according to the article, their entrails are being propelled up to three feet. Ew.

UPDATE: “Mystery solved.” according to the Register. And the answer is no less gross then the problem:

We’re obliged to those readers who sent us the breathless news that today’s Der Spiegel says crows have been fingered as the culprits. Apparently the crow pecks a small hole in the toad to get at the liver. The toad begins to inflate itself – its normal defence mechanism – but because there is no separation between lung cavity and abdomen, the poor blighter keeps on expanding until it goes pop. That’s the gist of it, at least. We going to conclude by noting that if you tried to make this up, your friends would probably advise you to seek professional help.

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