I hate when that happens...

stubeeef

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Yes it is the mystery of exploding German frogs! Maybe they are swelling with pride, either way they can't stop, and then magically explode! So, beware - and don't go kissing any of them thar exploding frogs.

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The toads at a pond in the upscale neighborhood of Altona have been blowing up since the beginning of the month, filling up like balloons until their stomachs suddenly burst.
"It looks like a scene from a science-fiction movie," Werner Schmolnik, the head of a local environment group, told the Hamburger Abendblatt daily. "The bloated animals suffer for several minutes before they finally die."
 

PlaceofDis

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woah! :eek: :eek: :eek:

this is one of the strangest things i have ever heard of! It will be interseting to see what the final cause of this is in the end, or if it will remain a mystery.
 

Mr. Anderson

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somethings not right....and I find it even more worrisome that they haven't found a reason why

I just hope its not contagious :eek:

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wdlove

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Very sad, certainly not an easy way to die. Hopefully they will find the cause soon. Can always hope that finding the cause will lead to other improvements.
 

angelneo

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For some reason that makes me think of Bad Taste... I don't know why.
Aahhh... I am seriously grossed out by all these pictures.... please warned ahead... in case someone just come in with a weak but full stomach ... :D
 

R.Youden

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Exlpoding frogs would be caused by a build up of gastric juices. It would happen to humans if they did not break wind or belch! Similar things happen to large animals after they die. I remember a story of a whale that exploded in the middle of Tokyo! It was found dead on the beach and they wanted to take it to a marine biology lab for tests. On the way it started to decompose internally and burst sending whale over 100m around the centre of Tokyo!
 

munkle

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Richard Youden said:
Exlpoding frogs would be caused by a build up of gastric juices. It would happen to humans if they did not break wind or belch! Similar things happen to large animals after they die. I remember a story of a whale that exploded in the middle of Tokyo! It was found dead on the beach and they wanted to take it to a marine biology lab for tests. On the way it started to decompose internally and burst sending whale over 100m around the centre of Tokyo!
I think it was in Taiwan:

(this thread is descending rather quickly!)
 

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munkle

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DeSnousa said:
Now thats not right.

Off topic how do i save that avaitor that edesignuk posted. Thats a keeper. Btw already got that pic saved :D
ctrl-click and save to desktop. And then upload as your avatar in 410 posts! :)
 

munkle

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DeSnousa said:
Thanks for that, i don't think i will use it as an avatar though. Still alot of posting to do befor then anyway. :eek:
Oddly it doesn't animate in Preview but if you open it with Safari it'll work fine.
 

andiwm2003

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Richard Youden said:
Exlpoding frogs would be caused by a build up of gastric juices. It would happen to humans if they did not break wind or belch! Similar things happen to large animals after they die. I remember a story of a whale that exploded in the middle of Tokyo! It was found dead on the beach and they wanted to take it to a marine biology lab for tests. On the way it started to decompose internally and burst sending whale over 100m around the centre of Tokyo!

gee, no toads exploded. people are so naive.

there are thousands of toads in that pond and they inflated themselves during mating season to appear larger and do their sound. local crows have figured out that they can easily pick the livers out of this toads. a couple of crows can pick hundreds of toads to death, eat their livers and the mess they leave behind looks like an exploded frog. thats all the mystery there is.

but i like the exploding head thing. can somebody of you pro's transfer that to the ceo of M$ or Ballmer or Saddam? we could do a contest who finds the head that everybody would like to see explode?
 

PlaceofDis

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andiwm2003 said:
gee, no toads exploded. people are so naive.

there are thousands of toads in that pond and they inflated themselves during mating season to appear larger and do their sound. local crows have figured out that they can easily pick the livers out of this toads. a couple of crows can pick hundreds of toads to death, eat their livers and the mess they leave behind looks like an exploded frog. thats all the mystery there is.

but i like the exploding head thing. can somebody of you pro's transfer that to the ceo of M$ or Ballmer or Saddam? we could do a contest who finds the head that everybody would like to see explode?
interesting theory, but it depens on if crows are native/active in that area of Germany, it could be a result of other things as well dont forget.....