Monday, March 30, 2009

Kill 'em all

It has been described as the most destructive creature -- it eats almost anything; it kills native wildife; it is a prolific breeder that takes over native habitat; and it spreads disease.

And that's why, on Toad Day Out, some 24 hours after respecting Earth Hour, thousands of cane toads were killed in Australia.

If they were exterminated for the above reasons, then homo sapiens ought to worry. They're equally guilty of the above.

1 comment:

The Cat's Whiskers said...

Interestingly, there is a festival called "Toad Sucks Daze" in Conway, Arkansas.

But disappointingly, it has nothing to do with the images its name conjures, namely, sucking on a toad until it is dazed.

"Toad Suck Daze is an annual community music, arts and food festival in Conway, Arkansas, which has been celebrated for a quarter of a century."

"The legend behind Toad Suck is that long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn't, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock & Dam now spans the river near Conway. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern. The dismayed folks living nearby were heard to say: "They suck on the bottle 'til they swell up like toads." Hence, the name Toad Suck. The tavern is long gone, but the legend lives on at Toad Suck Daze."