Toad swallows bat in strange sighting

A Peruvian park ranger captured this incredible photo of a cane toad with a bat in its mouth.
Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Sept. 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM  |  Updated Oct. 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM   |   Comments

Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Yufani Olaya, a park ranger at Cerros de Amotape National Park in Peru, snapped this strange photo of a cane toad munching on an unlucky bat.

"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," said Rainforest Expeditions, the Peruvian ecotourism company that obtained the photo. "Cane toads are notoriously opportunistic feeders, and while they are native to South America this trait has made them infamously invasive in places like Australia."

New York City herpetologist told CBSNews.com that cane toads will eat anything "that can fit in their large mouths.

"Cane toads are large and powerful predators, and will eat almost anything that moves," he said.

Olaya said that the bat had been flying too close to the ground, when "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."

Frustrated with the wings outside his mouth, the toad eventually gave up and spat out its prey. Olaya said the bat recovered and flew away.

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