Ter­ror of Raven­shoe veg­gie patch

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Danaella Wiv­ell

WHEN Ian Teece sent his daugh­ter Jar­rah Buck­ing­ham this pic­ture of a cane toad from his Raven­shoe prop­erty, he joked it had been eat­ing his miss­ing baby tur­keys.

Ms Buck­ing­ham said her par­ents did not ex­pect to find the mam­moth toad in their veg­gie patch.

“Dad is six-foot-four, so it’s a pretty big toad. But, then again, all the lo­cals reckon ev­ery­thing grows big up there,” she said.

She said her par­ents dis­posed of the cane toad af­ter ac­ci­den­tally spear­ing it with their pitch­fork.

“I would’ve liked to keep it alive be­cause it was so big,” she said.

“You’d have to as­sume it was well fed, prob­a­bly from liv­ing on the prop­erty.

“There are a lot of wild dogs out in Raven­shoe, so it did well to get that big.”

She said a num­ber of an­i­mals had gone miss­ing from Mr Teece’s 80ha farm and her par­ents had sus­pi­cions that the gi­ant cane toad had played a part in the dis­ap­pear­ances.

Pic­ture: CATE TEECE

This mas­sive cane toad was ac­ci­den­tally spiked in a veg­gie patch at Raven­shoe

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