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Extinct Rainbow Toad is Alive, and Photographed for First Time


Borneo's Rainbow Toad was thought to be extinct, and has not been seen since 1924, the BBC reports:

Prior to these images, only illustrations of the toad had existed. These were drawn from specimens that were collected by European explorers in the 1920s. Conservation International, which launched its Global Search for Lost Amphibians in 2010, had listed the toad as one of the "world's top 10 most wanted frogs".

Dr Indraneil Das led a team that searched the ridges of the Gunung Penrissen range of Western Sarawak, a boundary between Malaysia's Sarawak State and Indonesia's Kalimantan Barat Province.

After several months of night-long expeditions, one of Dr Das's graduate students eventually spotted a small toad in the high branches of a tree.

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  1. It's actually quite beautiful and glad it's off the extinct list although I'm sure it's still on the endangered list, yes?

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jul 14, 2011 7:34:34 AM

  2. Leave it to you to find the gayest toad ever.

    Posted by: petrof | Jul 14, 2011 8:07:13 AM

  3. If you kiss a rainbow toad, what does it turn into?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jul 14, 2011 8:41:20 AM

  4. "If you kiss a rainbow toad, what does it turn into?"

    Bruce Vilanch

    Posted by: nodnarb | Jul 14, 2011 9:11:14 AM

  5. Can we adopt him as our LGBT mascot?

    Posted by: Married in MA | Jul 14, 2011 9:15:50 AM

  6. Great! Now that we know it survived, we can kill it off entirely!!!

    Posted by: Marc C | Jul 14, 2011 11:43:45 AM

  7. If I were a religious man, I would say this is kind of a miracle and possibly a sign.

    Posted by: gherkin | Jul 14, 2011 3:55:31 PM

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