A Canadian couple was amazed while preparing their dinner last weekend, when a normal daily task of chopping a bell pepper caught an incredible surprise.
Nicole Gagnon and Gérard Blackburn from Saguenay, Quebec, prepared a meal on February 9 when Gagnon discovered a living green frog in the depths of the pepper she was chopping.
The frog was initially undamaged from its run-in with the kitchen knife, but the couple had no idea how the little amphibian ended up in a vegetable they had picked up at a local supermarket.
The couple reported the animal, later identified as a green tree frog, to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec (MAPAQ), which killed the animal by euthanasia to perform tests to discover how it is in Canadian couples. food.
The green tree frog was reportedly found in a whole pepper by the Canadian couple Nicole Gagnon and Gérard Blackburn, but experts still have to discover how it got there
The small green tree frog can be seen at the base of the pepper that was chopped
Video: ICI Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
Ganon and Blackburn claim that there was no visible hole in the pepper and they could not see how the frog could have crawled into it.
They immediately placed both the frog and the pepper in a separate container and reported this to the local grocery store and MAPAQ, both of which were just as casual.
“It’s like Caramilk’s secret how the frog ended up in the pepper, I don’t know!” Gannon told me Radio Canada.
Blackburn added, “They can’t see it. A pepper is closed. You cannot see if it has a frog or not. ”
Because the pepper was imported into Canada, it seems from Honduras, the incident was passed on to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to investigate the cause.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Quebec receives about 20 notifications per year from living creatures found in food, but it usually occurs with insects and spiders whose appearance is easier to trace.
MAPAQ explained that it is very unusual to find an amphibian in food, while plastic or even metal are much more likely.
They also explained that they had to kill the frog so that the investigation could continue.
There are species on green tree frogs in both Honduras and Canada.
Nicole Gagnon chopped the pepper from a local supermarket when she saw the frog
The couple immediately put the frog and pepper in a container when they contacted experts
The Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Canadian Food Inspection Office have conducted tests on the frog in which it was killed to solve the mystery
“The analysis was done by euthanizing the frog to perform the laboratory expertise,” said MAPAQ spokesman Yohan Dallaire-Boily.
“If we analyze it, it is for food security, to make sure that everything is healthy for the people who have consumed it or not.”
Gagnon’s son spoke with Vice and confirmed that the family had no idea how the frog found its way to the $ 1.99 pepper from Honduras.
“Maybe an insect carried an egg inside. That is my only idea. The pepper was whole, “was his theory.
So how exactly did the frog get into the pepper?
There was a hole in the pepper or the frog ate it
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While the couple claims that the pepper was whole before they began to chop, there might have been a hidden crack in the flesh that would have allowed the frog to penetrate and stop jumping.
There is also a theory that the frog had eaten pepper and climbed in to eat more, but this seems unlikely because frogs are carnivores that feed on insects.
If it had climbed through a hole in the skin of the pepper, it might have been looking for something else that it had carved first.
University of Guelph Prof. dr. Barry Micallef explained that a crack in a pepper can occur if it is grown outside and affected by rain in early development, although the theory in this case is unlikely
The bell pepper is probably from Honduras where there are also tree frogs
A pepper only needs 20 to 25 days to fully mature, depending on the type of frog it can take weeks to years for a tadpole to have metamorphosis, meaning that a tadpole is unlikely
The frog climbed through a crack as the pepper grew and sealed itself
According to professor Barry Micallef, a plant physiologist at the University of Guelph, peppers can sometimes crack if they are hit early in their development by heavy rain.
“Maybe the rain has cracked,” he told Vice.
‘Peppers are susceptible to cracking and splitting because they are thin-walled and hollow inside, unlike most types of fruit. So what I think happened is that a frog or tadpole got into the pepper and then developed inside. ”
“If it was a pepper that was young enough, a crack could have healed afterwards,” Micallef added.
For this theory to work, the pepper must have been grown in a field where it would have been exposed to rainfall and not in a greenhouse. This theory would fit if the pepper came from Honduras because they are grown on the ground there.
In this case, however, the frog itself should already be fully formed, because while a pepper only needs 20 to 25 days to fully mature, depending on the type of frog, it can take weeks to years for a tadpole to have metamorphosis.
The tadpole should also have been at the end of its development cycle if it had climbed in through a rain crack and was a fully formed frog by the time the pepper was cut.
The tadpole theory has one advantage that although frogs are carnivores, tadpoles are vegetarian, so it would have been nicer to feed the pepper when it was inside.
“It may have just been a small cocoon, an environment good enough for this little tadpole,” said Micallef.
“If the food wanted after it could have always had the pepper.”
The answer from a frog specialist
According to Patrick Moldowan, the director of Large at the Canadian Herpetological Society, this frog seemed too large when he was exposed to a tadpole when he entered the pepper.
He said that the white lip strip, the horizontal pupil, and the body proportions identified it as a green tree frog, but it had a strange color that was probably caused by stress.
“It has almost certainly not become a large adult frog by developing as a tadpole,” Moldowan told Vice.
“The development time of the egg, the process of metamorphosis and the growth after adulthood (to reach the size of an adult), for example, are much longer than the time required to grow a green pepper.”
Moldowan agreed with the theory that there was just a hole in the pepper that had gone unnoticed and that the frog had crawled through it.
Patrick Moldowan of the Canadian Herpetological Society believes that it is likely that there was a hole in the pepper that the couple did not notice and that the frog had crawled through
The frog is said to be a green tree frog, but there are different species in Canada and Honduras
The white lip strip, the horizontal pupil and the body proportions identified the frog, but it was a different shade of green, presumably due to the stress caused in the pepper
Is this little green tree frog the return of Christ and have we just redone it?
He may have cracked it, but we will have a definitive answer to this when it comes back to life in three days. Although what kind of message a higher power hopes to send with a sign like this, everyone guessed.
The frog has appeared in different types of folklore and symbolism in different cultures. It was often used as a symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt and by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
In the medieval Christian tradition, land frogs and water frogs were used to represent just and sinful congregationalists, so as a sign from heaven, this frog would make us believe that we are on the right track.
It is all a lie
Although Nicole Gagnon and Gérard Blackburn seem to be trustworthy and honest people since the viral discovery, the very best liars do that.
Could it all be a hoax to give yourself five minutes of fame? Or had they just missed the frog that jumped in while cutting the pepper?
Would the frog really have been transported from Nicaragua with an adult frog in it?
According to the Canadian Herpetological Society, all hope is not lost, although there is no official word from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that conducted the research on the frog and pepper.
“I would think that it is not out of reach for a frog to survive a few weeks in a pepper, since it is probably quite moist there, so it would not dry up,” Dr. said. Amanda Bennett, the secretary of the Canadian Herpetological Society.
“It would be pretty cool when cooled, so the metabolism would be slowed down by the low temperature. Ectotherms (cold-blooded animals) can generally survive longer without food than endotherms (warm-blooded animals). ”
The timing should have been perfect to make this credible: a pepper in the furthest stage of growth in which he could seal his skin, would have been hit by rain that forms a crack and fell to the ground where a frog could jump inside . The cracked would then have been moved or sealed before the frog could escape and let him in on the long journey from Honduras to the table of a Canadian couple.
No research update was available at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.