Countryfile viewers squeamish over toad dissection ‘too close’

Countryfile viewers squeamish over toad dissection ‘too close’

Countryfile: Scientists dissect toad to retrieve DNA sample

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The BBC’s popular Sunday show, which delves into rural and environmental issues in Britain, had a segment in today’s episode all about toads. It showed a group of volunteers as they tried to stop toads being killed on busy roads as they emerged from hibernation, but at one point a ‘toad autopsy’ became a bit much for some fans.

Presenter Joe Crowley joined the team to find out about the new DNA database for toads, explaining: “Spring is here and nature is on the move.

“And we think of swifts and swallows making their epic journey from southern Africa, but actually, under the cover of darkness, a shorter journey is happening right at the end of your street.

“At this time of year, large numbers of common toads have woken from hibernation in winter hideaways and now need to head back to the pond, in order to breed.

“There are many perils on route, but crossing busy roads is perhaps the greatest.”

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