Frog travels 5,700 miles in box of bananas delivered to grocery store

Someone’s a little far from home.

Employees at U.K.-based supermarket chain Tesco were shocked to find a frog in a box of bananas that had been delivered to a Northampton branch of the grocery store from Ecuador.

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Amazingly, the frog – which was discovered to be a male tree frog, though the exact type is not known – survived the 5,700-mile trip from South America to the English town. The incident occurred Nov. 28, according to South West News Service.

A frog found hiding in a bunch of bananas is thought to have traveled all the way from Ecuador, before being collected by the RSPCA at a supermarket in Northampton. 

A frog found hiding in a bunch of bananas is thought to have traveled all the way from Ecuador, before being collected by the RSPCA at a supermarket in Northampton. 

Employees contacted the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), who took the frog. The frog has since been nicknamed Juan, SWNS reports.

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Greg Hagen, animal collection officer for the RSPCA, told SWNS he too was shocked by the creature.

“When ‘frog in Tesco’ appeared on my list of jobs, it was a bit of a surprise,” he said.

Fortunately, the employees at the store were able to properly look after the amphibian.

Fortunately, the employees at the store were able to properly look after the amphibian. (AFP/File)

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“It must have been quite an ordeal for Juan, traveling all that way in a box of bananas and turning up in Northampton.”

Fortunately, the employees at the store were able to properly look after the amphibian, Hagen shared.

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“But he had been really carefully looked after by the staff until I could get there, which was really kind of them, and thankfully, he was in good condition and able to be moved to a specialist, where he’ll be well kept.”