Wednesday, August 12, 2009

'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast - And feasting on Tadpoles

The title to this article caught my attention because the other night I ate my first tadpole salad. Frogs are a common enough inclusion in my diet but the tadpoles were a first. Very tasty too....on with the article.


"Alien-like" scenes of tadpoles feasting on eggs emerging from their mother have been caught on camera.

The footage marks the success of a captive breeding programme for the critically endangered mountain chicken frog, one of the world's largest frogs.
In April, 50 of the amphibian giants were airlifted from Montserrat after a deadly fungus swept through the island, devastating the population.

Now several breeding programmes are under way to save the frogs.

Once numbers have been boosted in captivity, researchers hope to reintroduce the frogs back into the wild within the next two years.

Bizarre sight

The remarkable footage was recorded at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, in Jersey, which took in 12 of the rescued frogs. Twenty-six others went to Parken Zoo in Sweden, and 12 are now housed in ZSL London Zoo.

Fascinating....READ ON

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