Playing mantis: Insect shows its softer side by tickling a toad’s belly

October 25, 2013 1:41 pm Comments Off on Playing mantis: Insect shows its softer side by tickling a toad’s belly Views: 2532
  • Chance encounter between two creatures captured on camera
  • The toad was lying on a car bonnet when a mantis walked over it
  • The amphibian appeared to enjoy getting its stomach tickled

This praying mantis shows it’s up for a laugh – as it tickles a toad’s belly.

The playful insect approaches the toad, which is lying on its back, and gives it a tummy rub using its tiny legs.

The mantis then tries to climb over the toad, but appears to tickle the amphibian before making its way across the obstacle.

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Toad in the drole: The toad seemed happy to be tickled by his smaller friend as it kicked its legs in delight

Far from croaking about being used as a stepping stone, the toad appears to be enjoying the attention as it lays on its back with its legs in the air.

Fahmi Bhs, a director for a medical device company from Jakarta, Indonesia, captured the funny moment in his hometown.

The 39-year-old said: ‘The toad was on top of my car and I tried to remove it using a small fish net.

‘The toad flipped inside the net and gave me the idea to turn it on its back while the praying mantis was there.

‘I did not know what would happen but I’m glad it was the funny moment that I wanted.

‘The praying mantis appears to be tickling the toad as it tries to climb it!’

Easy does it: The toad seemed to be happy to lie back and let the insect scratch away at his bellyEasy does it: The toad seemed to be happy to lie back and let the insect scratch away at his belly

The tiny insect took just a matter of seconds to climb the small bufo melanostictus.

Mr Bhs added: ‘It only took the mantis three seconds to completely climb over the toad, so I had to be quick with my camera.

‘It was funny to see this kind of encounter with small animals and I found their unexpected behaviour amusing.

‘Both the praying mantis and toad were not hurt during the photographs and at the end they both peacefully left.’

Taken for a ride: The toad was lying on a car bonnet when he had the unusual encounter with the mantisTaken for a ride: The toad was lying on a car bonnet when he had the unusual encounter with the mantis

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