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Tree frog travels from Dominican Republic to England in a bag of bananas

Published: Oct 2022

Animal rescuers were recently called to a British family’s home when they found a small frog that had hidden away in a bag of bananas shipped from the Dominican Republic.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said Iain Holloway and his family arrived at their home in Staffordshire, United Kingdom after shopping at their local food store and discovered more than just bananas in the bag!

“We were unpacking the shopping in the kitchen and my wife turned to me and said, ‘Look, there’s a frog in the bananas,’ and I said ‘Sorry, there’s a what in the bananas?’” Holloway told the RSPCA.

After researching online, Holloway’s son identified the 1.5-inch amphibian as a Hispaniolan common tree frog, native to the Dominican Republic and the same country where the bananas came from.

“It was a complete surprise to see this little creature in our kitchen so far from home, and we’ve all had a bit of a chuckle about it since,” Holloway said.

Jonny Wood, an RSPCA animal rescue officer, visited the family’s home to take the tiny frog to receive specialist care.

“The little frog was bright and alert and has since been feeding well. The Holloway family did exactly the right thing by not touching the amphibian, given the uncertainty about what sort of frog we were dealing with,” he said.

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