Wait, what’s wrong? Bat got your tongue?
This bizarre alien-like photo shows the moment a cane toad bit off more than it could chew when it attempted to swallow a bat whole.
The rare feeding encounter was captured by ranger Yufani Olaya at Peru’s Cerros de Amotape National Park.
It appears the bat was flying too close to the ground, where the opportunistic toad lunged at it and snapped it up.
“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,” Olaya said.
He said the toad didn’t manage to get the wings inside its mouth, eventually giving up and spitting out the bat.
Luckily, it managed to fly away.
Biologist Phil Torres, who works at the Tambopata Research Center in the Peruvian Amazon and distributed the photo, said it was an unusual sight.
“We encounter a lot of bizarre things while working in the Peruvian rainforests, but this one is easily the [strangest] feeding interaction I’ve seen,” Torres said.
So, it seems Batman may have some fierce competition!
- Bizarre Sighting: Cane Toad Eating a Bat? (livescience.com)
- The weirdest toad you will see this year (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)