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Help - toad screaming in the sofa! AIBU to call DH to come home?

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Aquablu · 12/06/2017 11:53

I know this sounds dramatic, but AIBU? I have a phobia of frogs and toads. I can and have dealt with the odd stray mouse but amphibians - no.

On Friday, I was on the house in my own and I heard what I thought was the kitchen back door creaking on its hinges, but it was a weird noise. I went in there, only to find a massive toad in the middle of the floor. I just froze - I can't even bring myself to look the things! It was making this unearthly squeaking noise and the cat seemed scared of it.

I was late for a wax appt, so I just went and shut it in the kitchen, leaving the back door open and put the cat in the front part of the house so he couldn't get to it.

I also thought I heard a kind of croaking like an echo coming from the living room, but I had to go.

When I came back the thing had gone thank god. There is nowhere it can hide in the kitchen. The dishwasher and cupboards were shut, so it must have hopped outside. DD's Nintendo DS sometimes makes weird noises, so I thought the other noise in the living room must have been that vibrating or some kind of alarm.

We've been away for the weekend, but today, to my horror, there is the same screaming sound coming from the sofa in the living room! There must be a toad in there that was calling to the one on Friday in the way they do across ponds. I can't bring myself to pull the cushions off in case it jumps! It could have been lying flat for god knows how long.

AIBU to call DH to come back from work asap to get the toad out? He's meant to be going to the airport at 4pm, then he's away until Fri. I can't live like this until then! AIBU or is that too ridiculous? I can't ask the neighbours.

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Aquablu · 12/06/2017 13:17

If the toad is in the sofa I may have to do an insurance claim!

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Clandestino · 12/06/2017 13:17

I would be tempted to get a needle and poke the little shit

Are you talking the cat or the toad? The toad didn't exactly asked to be squashed, the poor thing just got there by accident. I'd be keeping my two thugs away from it too.
Btw, aren't toads protected?

MsHooliesCardigan · 12/06/2017 13:18

You poor thing. I never knew they screamed until the cat caught one.

diddl · 12/06/2017 13:18

This is a stealth boast thread, isn't it?

Lovely sofa, fabulous floor-even a fantastic cat!Grin

123rd · 12/06/2017 13:18

Has the cat not been sniffing around it before ? ( or is it always useless Wink)

tickwhitetick · 12/06/2017 13:20


Radishal · 12/06/2017 13:20

Your cat is awesome.

MycatsaPirate · 12/06/2017 13:21

Cat is unlikely to be bringing toads home, they are pretty toxic and taste disgusting - apparently? They will also shit everywhere if stressed.

Poor thing. If I was closer I'd come and take it out for you. Please don't let it be harmed. It is obviously very distressed if it's making such a noise.

Aquablu · 12/06/2017 13:21

Wouldn't you think the cat would know where the frog is and be trying to get it though?

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Aquablu · 12/06/2017 13:22

Actually if the toad is poisonous maybe not.

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Justmadeperfectflapjacks · 12/06/2017 13:24

Your dcat needs evicted op.
It is clearly useless as a toad deterrent. .

SirVixofVixHall · 12/06/2017 13:26

Toads don't call to each other either. The males make an annoyed sound if other males grab them in mating season, but otherwise they are silent, unless injured. Could it be an injured frog? They scream when injured. The screaming is really worrying me, it must be pretty hurt to be screaming.
I am looking at a toad right now, but I wont post her pic, in case it traumatises all you toad-dislikers. I think she's beautiful.

ApocalypseNowt · 12/06/2017 13:28

I think we need to organise an MN phobia skills swap.

I can handles toads/frogs/snakes but am terrified of spiders.

Also, v nice sofa OP.

BigSandyBalls2015 · 12/06/2017 13:28

Angelnix have you sought help about your road phobia Smile

MrsPringles · 12/06/2017 13:29

Op, have you considered just packing the kids up and moving out?

I would absolutely flee the house and not return if I were you ConfusedShockConfusedShockConfused
I bloody hate frogs and toads. They are grim Envy

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser · 12/06/2017 13:29

Glad to hear your DH is coming to the rescue!

Years ago when I lived abroad, my idiot cat brought in a live snake, got bored with it, and left it on a patterned rug (where it was pretty well disguised) for me to stumble upon. I have never screamed so loudly in my life! Luckily the cleaner was there, she heard me screaming, came running in with a broom and beat the snake to death with the handle! I felt a bit sorry for it but it could have been poisonous.

Southwaite · 12/06/2017 13:30

I like frogs. They're cute. I once picked one up and DH flipped his lid. Turns out he's scared of frogs Grin I never knew that

Aquablu · 12/06/2017 13:31

DH is nearly here. He says he's got 25 mins max. The toad has now stopped the noise, typical.

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ILikeyourHairyHands · 12/06/2017 13:31

I am an absolute amphibophile, I used to keep exotic toads, if I wasn't up in the Peak District I'd be round in a jiffy.

Just place-marking really and hoping for a happy ending for you both.

Aquablu · 12/06/2017 13:33

OMG I have to say I've never seen a wild snake Shock

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artycakemaker · 12/06/2017 13:33

My DH once brought in a slow worm that had been only very slightly injured by our cat (was fine thank heavens). My Australian friend leapt out of her skin. Apparently they are dead ringers for baby king cobras. Grin

She was delighted and intrigued by it once we had managed to peel her off the ceiling though.

artycakemaker · 12/06/2017 13:34

If your DH has to give up, then pop the issue on your local pet fb page.... odds on someone will be able to help.

FannyFifer · 12/06/2017 13:34

Hope your husband can find it.

YogaAndRum · 12/06/2017 13:35

Can't believe so many of you are frightened of toads and frogs.

I hope he's okay, let us know OP Smile

becausebecausebecause · 12/06/2017 13:36

Oh god, that's a horrific predicament. The very thought of the crying noise. I'd sell up if there was a chance of that happening again. Or fill in the ponds in the area under cover of darkness.

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