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Tree frog stows away from Dominican Republic to England in banana bag

A Hispaniolan common tree frog was rescued after stowing away from the Dominican Republic to England in a bag of bananas. Photo courtesy of the RSPCA
A Hispaniolan common tree frog was rescued after stowing away from the Dominican Republic to England in a bag of bananas. Photo courtesy of the RSPCA

Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers were summoned to a British family's home when they discovered a tiny frog that stowed away from the Dominican Republic in a bag of bananas.

The RSPCA said Iain Holloway and his family arrived at their Tamworth, Staffordshire, home after shopping at the local Asda store and discovered more than just fruit in a bag of bananas.

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"We were unpacking the shopping in the kitchen and my wife turned to me and said, 'Look, there's a frog in the bananas,' and I said 'Sorry, there's a what in the bananas?'" Holloway told the RSPCA.

Holloway's son did research online and identified the 1.5-inch amphibian as a Hispaniolan common tree frog, which hails from the Dominican Republic, the same country in which the bananas originated.

"It was a complete surprise to see this little creature in our kitchen so far from home, and we've all had a bit of a chuckle about it since," Holloway said.

Jonny Wood, an RSPCA animal rescue officer, visited the family's home to take the tiny frog to receive specialist care.

"The little frog was bright and alert and has since been feeding well. The Holloway family did exactly the right thing by not touching the amphibian, given the uncertainty about what sort of frog we were dealing with," he said.

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