Sometimes, the best photos just happen out of nowhere and that is what a park ranger happened to catch in the Peruvian rain forest. Fox News reported on Sept. 25, 2013, that there is indeed a reason why "toad swallows bat" is trending like mad on numerous search engines. A cane toad attempted to eat a bat in the rain forest, but he was not successful.
Park ranger Yufani Olaya was in the right place at the right time and caught the act on camera just moments before the toad spat the bat back out, and it ended up flying away.
Olaya said that the toad didn't even have to work for his bat dinner that never ended up being.
“Out of nowhere the bat just flew directly into the mouth of the toad, which almost seemed to be sitting with its mouth wide open,” Olaya said.
A lot of people have wondered how the toad got up high enough to snag the bat and get it into its mouth. It actually happened the other way around and the bat was just flying low. Herpetologist Greg Pauly of the National History Museum of Los Angeles County revealed its not all too rare.
“Cane toads will spend time at pools and creeks, where they forage for food and also breed,” he wrote in an email to The Times. “Many bats also spend a lot of time around water where they also forage.”
Cane toads are said to usually eat mostly insects, but the rather large amphibian has been known to chow down on small vertebrates as well.
“I’m sure this type of unusual opportunistic predation probably occurs more than we know,” biologist Phil Torres said, “It’s just that it can be difficult to observe and it is rare to be lucky enough to have a camera at the time.”