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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Australian Toad Hunt

In 1935, the poisonous cane toad was introduced to Australia from South America. The intent was pest control, but it backfired; now, the cane toads themselves are the pest. And the population of Queensland has had enough.

A festive culling of the herd known as Toad Day Out has them collecting the fat, warty creatures. Many will be turned into fertilizer, some will be given to the University, and the largest will be stuffed by a taxidermist, presumably for display in museums and similar showplaces.

The cane toads are believed to be responsible for the deaths of crocodiles, which unknowingly ate them.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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