Alien-like creature actually a toad with a big appetite
Park ranger in Peru captures rare and comical image showing a cane toad after a bat had flown into its mouth, leaving only the wings and tail visible
September 23, 2013 by Pete Thomas
A park ranger in a remote Peruvian forest recently encountered a creature that appeared to be some sort of alien.
It was short and stumpy, with large purplish ears protruding from the sides of its mottled brown head. It’s tongue, also purplish, was long and pointy.
But upon close inspection the mysterious creature turned out to be a ground-dwelling cane toad, which somehow had just caught a bat.
Yufani Olaya, the ranger who was patrolling in Cerros de Amotape National Park, supplied the image to Rainforest Expeditions. The eco-adventure company posted the photo on its blog under the headline:
“What the heck is going on in this picture?”
Phil Torres, a wildlife biologist and author of the blog post, writes: “We’re unsure how common this is, but we do know that this is probably the first photographed record of a cane toad feeding on a bat.”
How on earth could a ground-dwelling toad catch a bat?
Olaya provided the answer, saying that “out of nowhere the bat just flew directly into the mouth of the toad, which almost seemed to be sitting with its mouth wide open.”
Some bats do hunt close to ground level and will even pluck prey from the ground.
Asked by Torres if the toad was able to enjoy its oversized meal, Olaya answered “no” and added that the bat actually got away.
Torres explains: “The toad finally gave up and spat it out. While Olaya at first thought the bat was dead, he said it slowly recovered and was able to fly away. I’m sure it won’t make that mistake again.”
The same might be said of the toad.
http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/p ... -appetite/
I was also wondering if purple bats lived in Peru to prove its not fake and those bats are real..
Toads and frogs will eat ANYTHING that fits in their mouth...reptiles are not picky eaters!
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If it can fit in its mouth, a bullfrog will go after anything, even its own kind!
you beat me on the cookie monster sea sponge too socks!
looks like you found the grindtv website, i get alot of threads from there!
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