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Exploding Toads, Now!

With everything else to worry about, now we’ve got to figure out what’s making these German toads explode:

Hundreds of toads have met an unexplained, explosive demise in Germany in recent days, it was reported on Saturday.

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.

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.

Toad set to blow
Watch out–he could blow at any moment

“You see the animals crawling on the ground, swelling and then exploding,” he said.

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.

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