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Exploding toads baffle German experts


BERLIN (AFP) - Hundreds of toads have met a bizarre and sinister end in Germany in recent days, it was reported: they exploded.
According to reports from animal welfare workers and veterinarians as many as a thousand of the amphibians have perished after their bodies swelled to bursting point and their entrails were propelled for up to a metre (three feet).

It is like "a science fiction film", according to Werner Smolnik of a nature protection society in the northern city of Hamburg, where the phenomenon of the exploding toad has been observed.

"You see the animals crawling on the ground, swelling and then exploding."

He said the bodies of the toads expanded to three and a half times their normal size.

"I have never seen such a thing," said veterinarian Otto Horst. So bad has the death toll been that the lake in the Altona district of Hamburg has been dubbed "the pond of death."

Access to it has been sealed off and every night a biologist visits it between 2:00 and 3:00 am, which appears to be peak time for batrachians to go bang.

Explanations include an unknown virus, a fungus that has infected the water, or crows, which in an echo of the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds", attack the toads, literally scaring them to death.
Bloody toad balons?
 

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no, muslim terrorist frogs, duh :evil:
 

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strange indeed... it couldn't be the weather...

well at least its not human that are exploding ;)
 

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anyone remamber pigeons from "How high"?? :evil: maybe those toads eate something simmilar ;)
 

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Damn it, I was going to post this one today :p

Anyway, this is really strange... but funny :evil:
 

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sounds like what happens when you put em in a microwave (from what ive seen on t.v.). maybe the area is a radioactive hot spot. or maybe someone is heating the water.
 

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You mean, they just expanded and... popped... and their internals sent flying everywhere? This is so sick that its so funny. :lol: Yet, so disturbing. I like animals, so i truly wonder WTF is going on.

*edit* I readed the article. It was because of crows, and frogs... self-defence mechanism? What the hell!? What kind of defence is that, when they explode when their stomach is punctured? :lol:
 

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Other theories have been that... the toads are committing suicide to save others from overpopulation
Sure, they're just exploding themselves and thinking, "I'm doing this for you, son" BOOM!
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In other news, Al Queda has announced initial success in the early stages their toad suicide bomber program.
 

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What if it were cows instead of frogs, imagine a cow having the size of an elephant exploding :evil:
 

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Cid Highwind said:
What if it were cows instead of frogs, imagine a cow having the size of an elephant exploding :evil:
Shoot that kind of cow with 9mm pistol... :lol:
 

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Well, there are those suicidal wales, they gave quite a mess :evil:
 

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Well, there are those suicidal wales, they gave quite a mess :evil:
Are you referring to that little whale (already dead. hunted?) which was moved on truck thru some city and suddenly gasses in his stomach exploded, washing whole block in blood and gore and internals? There was a pic of it somewhere... God it looked gross... Straydogs grew quite fat, i bet. :lol:
 

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Are you referring to that little whale (already dead. hunted?) which was moved on truck thru some city and suddenly gasses in his stomach exploded, washing whole block in blood and gore and internals? There was a pic of it somewhere... God it looked gross... Straydogs grew quite fat, i bet. :lol:
pics pics pics!!!! ^^

my hypothesis: the toads are getting incredibly bad heartburn....and how I would fix it:
 

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Kirby said:
pics pics pics!!!! ^^


Allright. BUT YOU ASKED FOR IT! Dont blame me if your stomach starts spinning... :spy:
 

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MaZa said:
Allright. BUT YOU ASKED FOR IT! Dont blame me if your stomach starts spinning... :spy:
pppfff....I seen worse in Hannibal :p

how big are these toads anyways? And what the hell we're they doing on the streets?
 

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Kirby said:
pppfff....I seen worse in Hannibal :p


Yeah, but what increases this pics eewww value is that it is very real. :p
 

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Yeah? Thats the whale, and rest is his blood and guts... :evil:
 
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