Exploding toads in Denmark too – 04/28/2005

  • October 22, 2013 at 12:22 am #677

    Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 22:47:52 -0400
    Subject: Toads Now Exploding In Denmark, Too

    Toads Now Exploding In Denmark, Too
    Copenhagen Post
    Thousands of toads are exploding in central Denmark and northern
    Germany. Environmental factors or an unknown disease may cause the

    Biblical plague, extraterrestrial bacteria, or climate changes?
    Thousands of toads are exploding across northern Germany and central
    Denmark, baffled animal experts report.

    Hundreds of toads have begun to explode near a lake in the town of
    Låsby in Mid-Jutland. According to reports, the toads climb on to
    land, swell to up to three times their normal size, and burst, casting
    their innards up to one metre in the air. A similar phenomenon has also
    been reported in the German city of Hamburg, where authorities report
    that over 1000 toads are dead.

    Experts are at a loss to explain what is causing the toads’ painful
    deaths, which primarily take place between two and three a.m.
    ‘It’s like a science fiction film,’ said Werner Smolnik, a
    representative for a Hamburg animal welfare organisation. ‘You can see
    the animals crawling around on the ground, then they swell up, and
    finally they burst.’

    Frank Jensen, curator of Denmark’s Museum of Natural History, said to
    Denmark’s TV2 that the mysterious deaths likely had an earthly
    explanation, namely toxins found in fertilisers or changes in the ozone

    The Danish Meteorological Institute warned yesterday of increased ozone
    radiation reaching Denmark. Amphibians such as toads and frogs are known
    to be sensitive to slight environmental changes.

    While German authorities surmise that the gruesome deaths are caused by
    bacterial or viral infection, they were still confounded by the

    ‘I have never seen anything like this,’ said veterinarian Otto Holst.

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