Viewers react with disgust when a man catches, cooks and EATS a cane toad in disturbing TikTok video
- TikTokker disgusts viewers by cooking a toad
- Ian Bartholomew caught food in the wild
- The Queenslander said it was ‘delicious’
A TikToker caught, cooked, and served a cane toad for himself and his companions in a viral video that turns the stomach and repels viewers.
Queenslander Ian Bartholomew uploaded to social media this week a step-by-step rundown of how to turn the potentially toxic invasive pest into a ‘delicious’ meal.
Wild kitchen footage showed Mr Bartholomew, known for his unusual culinary habits, exploring a cane toad in the bush with two others.
He then found a small toad and grabbed it with his bare hands before he was seen putting the toad inside a plastic bag in a freezer.
The bloody and chopped remains of the toad were displayed on a chopping board before being floured by Mr. Bartholomew.
“A little flour, rosemary salt,” TikTokker cook Ian Bartholomew said as he sprinkled the amphibian’s legs with the ingredients.
But social media users found Bush Tucker’s food disgusting and “disgusting.”
‘A little flour, rosemary salt,’ said the cook as he sprinkled the amphibian’s legs with the ingredients.
The portions were then fried in oil before his companions 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.
Bartholomew said she thought about cooking the bugs while visiting friends in north Queensland.
“I always looked at frog legs and thought why can’t we eat frog legs,” Mr Bartholomew told the mail.
He said the pests that are known to produce deadly poisons from their leathery bodies did not deter him from trying them.
“I didn’t do any research, but I thought if you fry them in hot enough oil, all the pus and stuff would cook,” he said.
“I haven’t seen it done before, but it’s been a day and I don’t have any stomach problems.”
But social media users found Bush Tucker’s bizarre food disgusting and “disgusting.”
“I’m sorry, but no, no, no,” said one disgusted viewer.
He had grabbed the little toad (pictured) with his bare hands before putting a plastic bag in a freezer in the viral images.
“There’s no way,” wrote another.
“I heard they taste a bit like chicken,” one person joked.
Toads were introduced to Australia in 1935 in an effort to prevent the native grey-backed cane beetle from ravaging sugarcanes.
But the decision led to cane toads exploding in numbers with 200 million of them now in the country.
They have thrived because females can lay 8,000 to 30,000 eggs at a time, while the toxins in their bodies ward off predators.
But humans can safely eat cane toads as long as they avoid the toxic glands in the pest’s shoulders, eyes, ovaries, and eggs, the abc reported in 2014.
The meaty hind legs can be eaten if carefully prepared.
The Territory Food Gulp NT project has posted ways to turn toads into a non-toxic food via their 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 its introduction into Australia as a means of controlling beetle pests in the sugarcane industry in 1935, before the use of agricultural chemicals became widespread.
Cane Toads feed at night in a wide variety of habitats.
The pests cover much of Queensland but are spreading across the northern Australian landscape.
The toad is a terrestrial predator that feeds mainly on terrestrial and aquatic insects and snails. The toads will even take the food left over for the pets.
Toads can be accidentally transported to new places, for example, in pots or loads of wood.
Cane Toads need constant access to moisture to survive. Instead of drinking, they absorb water through their belly skin, from dew, wet sand, or any other moist material.
If forced to stay in flooded conditions, cane toads can take in 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 cane toads control.
Toads can breed at any time of the year, but seem to prefer weather conditions that occur with the onset of the rainy season.
They will lay their eggs in still or slow moving water. Females can lay 8,000 to 30,000 eggs at a time.
By comparison, most native Australian frogs typically lay between 1,000 and 2,000 eggs per year.
The cane toad defends itself through venom and is poisonous, to varying degrees, during all stages of its life.
Adult cane toads produce toxins from glands on their upper surface, but especially from the bulging glands on their shoulders, which exude venom when the toad is provoked.
While some native birds and predators have learned to avoid the venom glands of adult toads, other predators are more vulnerable and die quickly after ingesting toads.
Toads contain poisons that act on the heart and central nervous system.
The venom is absorbed through the tissues of the body, such as those of the eyes, mouth, and nose.
Source: Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water