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04/08/00
Invasion of US Frogs Repelled
- Brave wildlife workers fight back against killer amphibians

GLOBALISATION appears in many forms but few people will be aware that its insidious reach stretches even to the murky depths of Britain's ponds.

The country's indigenous frogs, and the creatures they share the ponds with, are apparently under threat following the invasion of the giant American bullfrog which can grow up to 22 centimetres (8 inches) long. These monsters have been implicated in the serial deaths of huge numbers of British frogs, tadpoles, fish, small mammals, birds and insects in a number of ponds, especially in the south east of England.

Now wildlife experts have decided enough is enough and are reported to have arranged a massacre of 7,000 American bullfrogs to turn back the enemy tide. Worried readers might like to know they can identify the bullfrog by its call, which is described as a nasty "squawk" rather than the traditional "ribbet, ribbet."




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