This hungry cane toad from outer space just bit off more than it could chew.
When park ranger Yufani Olaya at Cerros de Amotape National Park in Peru came across this cane toad munching on a bat, he had to take a picture.
Curious as to how a ground dweller like the toad could catch the quick flying bat Olaya said, “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.”
Cane toads are native to South America, but are a serious invasive species in places like Australia. They are voracious feeders and will put anything in their mouth that they think they can swallow.
Apparently this toad bit off more than it could chew because, according to the ranger, the toad ultimately gave up and spit the meal out.
Though he thought the bat was dead, it recovered and finally flew away.
There’s no telling how often something like this happens, but in the South American jungles anything is possible… like a cane toad trying to eat a purple bat.
Picture via Peru Nature