A tiny frog which can usually be found hopping from tree to tree in the rainforest of the Dominican Republic was discovered hidden in a bunch of bananas – in Blackburn Tesco.
The tiny amphibian was spotted by a shop worker in Tesco, Hill Street, on Friday afternoon (23 March). She didn’t know what to do with the stowaway so contacted the RSPCA.
Animal collection officer (ACO) John Greaves said: “The little tree frog was confined inside a bag of bananas so we asked her to make some tiny air holes in the plastic and add some water for moisture and keep him confined until we could attend.
“The amphibian must have had quite the shock when he emerged in a Lancashire supermarket considering he’s used to more tropical climates usually!”
ACO Greaves collected the stowaway and took him to Reptilia – a specialist exotics rescue centre in Ossett, West Yorkshire.
“The staff there checked him over and identified him as a Dominican Republic tree frog,” ACO Greaves added.
“That means he’s definitely a long way from home – more than 4,200 miles in fact!
“He’s a little skinny following his ordeal but he should make a full recovery.”
Staff at Reptilia will take care of the amphibian.
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