Livestock, walled in stone

Imagine the surprise of man, when, breaking the stone, he discovers in it a cavity with a real live toad. How did she get into the stone and how managed to survive without food and water? Answer this question difficult even distinguished scientists.

Unexpected findings

"An example of the earliest mentions of the phenomenon of inmates in stone toads, frogs and other animals can be considered as a message of Ambroise Pare, chief surgeon of the French king, made in the sixteenth century. In 1761 it was published in the journal Annual Register. So Paré wrote:" I was on duty near the village of Meudon, and observed the work of stonemason, which by my order had broken a few very large and hard stones

In 1865, a similar discovery was made operational in Hartlepool (England). At a depth of seven meters, they found a block of limestone and began to crush her. Lump split in its middle was hollow, where there was a live toad. British newspaper at the time, wrote: "Enhancing the shape closely follows the line of all the animal body, the eyes toad unusually bright shining, and it was full of life and energy, when it was release."

First frog breathed with difficulty, her mouth did not open, it seemed that her lips grew together. Breathe through the nose, it is a strange noise, something like a bark. When a block of only split, color toad was the same as the stone, but then she began to darken and become olive-brown. Toad and a block, where she was found, examined the scholars of the time, in particular S. Horner, President of the Society of Natural History, a local priest and geologist Robert Taylor.

On this case, one newspaper wrote: "In the past few decades, there were reports that the frogs were found living in many different places — the possible and impossible: in a piece of slate in the quarry near Barnard Castle, in a block of building stone near Blyth in a piece of limestone and Siheme Rifone and coal seam in deep mine in Sunderland. "

"The living toads found not only stonemasons, woodcutters and … In 1876, loggers, cutting a huge tree trunk in the middle of the trunk revealed a small cavity, inside which there were 68 small frogs, the size of the tip of the little finger. This case wrote:" They were light brown, almost yellow color, perfectly healthy

Similar findings were reported in the twentieth century. For example, in 1906 in Brosli (Shropshire, England), working at a depth of 2 meters split the layer of clay, inside of which was a small toad. In 1910, one of the residents of Leicestershire split a piece of coal, found in young live toad. A curious incident occurred in 1975 in the U.S.. Builders in Fort Worth (Texas) reveals concrete, which is a year before they had poured on site, and with amazement found underneath the living tortoise. For a whole year she spent in the cavity, which closely follows the contours of her body. Unfortunately, the liberated prisoner lived only 96 hours.

How can this be explained?

Of course, many attempts have been made to explain such unusual cases. At one time a famous Victorian geologist William Buckland was conducted fairly ruthless experiment. He walled up in clumps of sandstone and limestone two dozen frogs, and then buried the stones in his garden. A year later, Buckland dug stones. All toads were killed in the sandstone, but in many of the limestone were alive.

Today, for the explanation of the phenomenon in the rock walled living creatures there is an almost one hypothesis. According to her, the tiny frogs manage to climb into the porous stone, but it's worth it to stay there, both because of the increasing size of the body, they are trapped. Immured toads smell attracts small insects that, penetrating into the stone, serve her food. Through the pores of the moisture seeps into the stone and into the air. After a while the toad becomes dormant, its energy consumption drastically reduced, therefore it may remain in the stone live about two years.

Definite confirmation of this hypothesis, consider the discovery made in 1995 Rila college students in North Wales (UK). Collecting garbage guys found the old bottle with a live "filling." Inside the rusty cans, released in 1994, the largest living frog sitting length of about 5 inches. The hole in the bank was much smaller than the frog. It became clear that the frog got into the bank a little girl and held in prison for about a year. It feeds on small insects and rain and dew provide it with moisture.

However, the above hypothesis is unlikely to explain all the manifestations of the phenomenon, because in some cases the stones with the toads were found at a considerable depth. And how in the stone a cavity for allegedly has grown large toad? In some cases the general impression that the animal got into the stone back in the time of formation of the rock. Of course, this assumption seems to be this fantasy, to believe that it is very difficult.

Prepared Vitaly Golubev

Category: Unexplained Phenomena

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