South Africa Toad's Odyssey

December 22, 2012 - 11:33 AM
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 and made available by the Independent Newspapers Limited South Africa, an Asian toad that was found inside a candlestick at a Cape Town South Africa store. They say cats have nine lives. Now a Chinese toad has joined that club of wily survivors. South Africans are marveling at the endurance of a toad that got trapped in a cargo shipment from China to Cape Town after jumping into a porcelain candlestick that was made there. South African officials reportedly planned to put down the creature, 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. Mango Airlines, a South African airline, transported the toad on Friday to Johannesburg for delivery to an animal sanctuary after officials decided to find a way to let the globe-trotting toad live. The two-hour flight was a breeze compared to the trip from China, an odyssey of many weeks and thousands of kilometers (miles) across the Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/ Independent Newspapers Limited) SOUTH AFRICA OUT CREDIT MANDATORY NO SALES/ARCHIVES