Five-legged toad discovered

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posted on Jul, 8 2010 @ 05:03 AM
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Faye Sweeney was attempting to move the amphibian from a path into the shade at the Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire when she noticed it had an extra limb.
The 27-year-old, a regular visitor to the reserve, made the discovery last week and reported it to charity Froglife.Ms Sweeney, from Chilwell, Nottingham, said: ''I was just out on the path walking down with three dogs so didn't want it to get trampled or dry out in the sun.
''When I picked it up I saw it had an extra front leg so I took a couple of photos and popped it in the undergrowth.
''It didn't seem in trouble at all, once I picked it up it was wriggling around."
Erin McDaid, communications manager at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, said the report was the first he had heard, and it was more likely to be a unique mutation rather than something caused by pollution.
He said: ''It's the first I have heard of something like this.
''With it being one I wouldn't even want to have a guess as to why it had happened, it could just be a mutation, a glitch in its transformation. It's just an interesting little idiosyncrasy.''




posted on Jul, 8 2010 @ 05:03 AM
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posted on Jul, 8 2010 @ 05:25 AM
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That is cute. I'm from just outside Nottingham and didn't even know there was this large nature reserve near me!

I've often found little frogs and newts around the fields here, never thought to count their legs though.



posted on Jul, 10 2010 @ 05:28 PM
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That actually isn't uncommon though it isabnormal.

Amphibians are very fragile and prone to genetic disorders if they live in a polluted environment.





 
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