(Credit: Jan Freedman)
A disturbing and graphic image of a path “turned inside out” has popped up on Twitter, without a doubt, the work of a deadly predator.
Jan Freedman, curator of natural history at the museum in Plymouth, England, was walking with his family when his 8-year-old son saw the torn-up toad, according to Live Science.
“Sorry for the gross picture,” Freedman wrote in his tweet. “This is a path, but it was turned inside out. I’ve never seen anything like it, before the result of a kind of predator?”
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Speaking to the news outlet, Freedman said that he was able to identify the mutilated remains as a plain path, because the “head was the only part that has not yet turned inside out.”
“We have seen that many toads in our garden and in other places on Dartmoor, but nothing like this,” he continued.
After asking the question, what could have done this to the poor amphibians, responses rolled in. Some of the proposed crows, others proposed herons, but seems to be “it was the work of an otter,” Freedman tweeted.
The european otters have been known to strip the toads of their skin, according to Amy Schwartz, a researcher and doctoral candidate with the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University in britain, who spoke with Live Science.
Otters, which eat mainly fish, have been known to eat toads in the spring. Schwartz suspected of the dastardly deed can have on the work of an otter after seeing a number of toad skins floating in a pond in Pembrokeshire.
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