This is a weekend for backyard wildlife rescue I guess. Yesterday we rescued the Purple Martin. Today we rescued..a Toad!
Leecy was going to get our empty plastic potting buckets when she noticed something a little strange. She yells at me like I did her yesterday regarding the injured Purple Martin.
She says, “LOOK” and I look at this bucket she is holding and there is a Toad butt hanging out.
Now you can’t tell from the above picture, but this was a big fat toad, and he somehow got stuck in this bucket. Personally I don’t see how he even stuck his head through the small hole.
Look at the above picture, and the small hole in the left hand corner. Now look at the size of this Toad. Okay, now explain to me how the heck this Toad even got close to being stuck in this bucket. That’s like me trying to get my big ol butt in a pair of Leecy’s pants. It ain’t gonna happen.
So what we did is we misted him with some water at first, since we had no idea how long he had been stuck. Then we slowly started cutting around the hole that the Toad was stuck in until he was free.
Then, of course Leecy had to hold the Toad for a quick picture before he was released back in the garden.
Doesn’t he look thrilled?
Update: I’m classifying this as a Gulf Coast Toad, but apparently there’s some discrepancy between a Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo Valliceps) and a Coastal Plain Toad (Bufo Nebulifer). I tried to research how to identify the difference between the two and I can’t figure it out. If someone can educate me, I’d appreciate it.