South African frog hides in suitcase... and hops out 8,000 miles away

This stowaway South African river frog travelled more than 8,000 miles from it's native home to the Nottinghamshire village of Darlton last week.

The RSPCA were called when he hopped out of a woman's luggage.

The amphibian has been taken to a local farm with specialist facilities for exotic animals, but can't be released into the wild as it's not a native species.

He'll remain in captivity with specialist care.


Paula Jones of the animal welfare charity says the organisation sometimes receives calls from tourists who have returned home with a little more than they bargained for.

"We get called out to collect lizards, frogs, crabs and spiders who have crawled into clothes and bags before flying home with their unsuspecting smugglers.

"We've even been called by people who have found potentially deadly scorpions in their suitcases!

"I hope this little frog's remarkable journey will remind holidaymakers to always give their cases an extra thorough check before heading home - just in case they too pick up a surprising stowaway."

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