The Straits Times
Published on Dec 22, 2012

Asian toad stowaway gets new home in South Africa


JOHANNESBURG (AP) - They say cats have nine lives. Now a Chinese toad has joined that reputed club of wily survivors.

South Africans are marvelling at the endurance of a toad that got trapped in a cargo shipment from China to Cape Town after jumping into a porcelain candlestick.

South African officials planned to put down the creature from Asia fearing it would cause harm as an invasive species if it were let go in the wild.

But the toad got a last-minute reprieve.