Viewers react with revulsion as man catches, cooks and EATS a cane toad in disturbing TikTok video
- TikTokker repulses viewers by cooking a toad
- Ian Bartholomew caught the meal in the wild
- The Queenslander said it was ‘delicious’
A TikToker has caught, cooked and served up a cane toad for him and his mates in a stomach-churning viral video repulsing viewers.
Queenslander Ian Bartholomew took to social media this week uploading a step-by-step rundown of how to turn the potentially toxic invasive pest into a ‘delicious’ meal.
Footage of the wild cook-up showed Mr Bartholomew known for his unusual cooking habits scouting out a cane toad in the bush with two others.
He then found a small toad and grabbed it with his hands before he was seen putting the toad inside a plastic bag into a freezer.
The bloody chopped-up remains of the toad were displayed on a chopping board before Mr Bartholomew put flour on them.
‘A little bit of flour, rosemary salt,’ TikTokker cook Ian Bartholomew said as he sprinkled the amphibian’s legs with the ingredients
But social media users found the bush tucker meal unpalatable and ‘disgusting’
‘A little bit of flour, rosemary salt,’ the cook said as he sprinkled the amphibian’s legs with the ingredients.
The portions were then shallow fried in oil before his mates were seen at the end of the video eating the meaty legs.
‘It’s actually 10 times better than I thought it would be,’ a man said in the video.
Mr Bartholomew said he thought of cooking up the critters while visiting friends in North Queensland.
‘I have always looked at frogs legs and thought why couldn’t we eat toads legs,’ Mr Bartholomew told the Courier Mail.
He said the pests which are known for producing deadly poisons from their leathery bodies did not deter him in trying them out.
‘I didn’t do any research but I figured if you fry them in hot enough oil all the pus and stuff would be cooked out,’ he said.
‘I have not seen it done before, but it has been a day and I don’t have any tummy problems.’
But social media users found the bizarre bush tucker meal unpalatable and ‘disgusting’.
‘Sorry, but no, no, no,’ one disgusted viewer said.
He had grabbed the small toad (pictured) with his bare hands before putting a plastic bag into a freezer in the viral footage
‘There’s no way,’ another wrote.
‘I hear they taste a bit like chicken,’ one person joked.
Toads were introduced to Australia in 1935 in an effort to curb the native grey-backed cane beetle from ravaging sugar canes.
But the decision led to the cane toads exploding in numbers with 200million of them now in the country.
They have thrived because females can lay 8000 to 30,000 eggs at a time while the toxins in their bodies ward off predators.
But the cane toads can be eaten safely by humans as long as people avoid the toxic glands in the pest’s shoulders, eyes, ovaries and eggs, the ABC reported in 2014.
The meaty hind legs can be consumed if they are prepared carefully.
Territory food project Gulp NT have published ways of making toads into a non-toxic meal via its blogs.
Cane toads are native to South and Central America.
They are extremely hardy animals and voracious predators of insects and other small prey.
These qualities led to their introduction into Australia as a means of controlling pest beetles in the sugar cane industry in 1935, before the use of agricultural chemicals became widespread.
Cane toads forage at night in a wide variety of habitats.
The pests cover much of Queensland but are expanding through Australia’s northern landscape.
The toad is a ground-dwelling predator, primarily eating terrestrial and aquatic insects and snails. Toads will even take food left out for pets.
The toads can be accidentally transported to new locations, for example in pot plants or loads of timber.
Cane toads need constant access to moisture to survive. Instead of drinking, they absorb water through the skin on their belly — from dew, moist sand or any other moist material.
If forced to stay in flooded conditions, cane toads can absorb too much water and die. They can also die from water loss during dry conditions.
In Australia there are no specific predators or diseases that control cane toads.
The toads can breed at any time of year but seem to prefer the weather conditions that occur with the onset of the wet season.
They will lay their eggs in still or slow-moving waters. Females can lay 8000–30 000 eggs at a time.
In comparison, most Australian native frogs typically lay 1000–2000 eggs per year.
The cane toad defends itself through poison and is poisonous, to varying degrees, during all its life stages.
Adult cane toads produce toxin from glands over their upper surface, but especially from bulging glands on their shoulders — these exude venom when the toad is provoked.
While some birds and native predators have learned to avoid the poison glands of adult toads, other predators are more vulnerable and die rapidly after ingesting toads.
Toads contain poisons that act on the heart and on the central nervous system.
The poison is absorbed through body tissues such as those of the eyes, mouth and nose.
Source: Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
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