A Toad in the Toilet? A Surprise Guest in Banlung, Ratanakiri, Cambodia.
Above Photo: Our non-paying guest.
On a recent BACK-related research trip into the Khmer Rouge heartlands of Cambodia, we stayed in the remote town of Banlung in Ratanakiri Province.
In the middle of the night I went into the dark bathroom and noticed my pee hitting something unusual in the bowl. Confused, I turned on the light and was shocked to see a giant toad floating there.
I had already flushed it once, by accident, and when the light came on, the toad leapt fully six feet out of the toilet and attached himself to a nearby wall in an incredible feat of precision jumping/flying. It was then I noticed the large sucker pads on his toes, which you can clearly see in the below photo.
I thought he must have fallen into the toilet by accident, but the next night (and every night we stayed thereafter) he was in the bowl again, and I realized that this was his in fact his watering hole.
We actually got used to having him there, and once we knew to check for him in our nightly toilet visits, he lived a far cleaner and considerably less flushed life.
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