South Korean man dies after eating toads

South Korean man dies after eating toads

A South Korean man has died from poisoning after eating toads he had mistaken for edible bullfrogs.

Police said on Friday that he was among a group of men who caught five amphibians at a reservoir near the city of Daejeon in March.

Believing the animals were bullfrogs, the men cooked and ate them at a restaurant days later.

The 57-year-old man began vomiting soon after and was rushed to a hospital, where he died the next morning.

Police said bufotenin, a chemical commonly found in toad toxin, was found in the leftovers of the meal.


They said that among the five animals they had caught, some were in fact toads which looked identical to bullfrogs, reported Yonhap news agency.

The man's friends showed similar poisoning symptoms but survived.

South Korean man dies after eating toads

The BBC's South Korea correspondent Stephen Evans says bullfrogs are a delicacy in some parts of rural South Korea.

Some species of toads secrete venom through their skin when agitated or when they sense they are in danger.

Bufotenin can be fatal when ingested in large amounts. But it is also a natural psychedelic, giving rise to a sub culture where some lick toads in an attempt to achieve a hallucinogenic high.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Orlando Bloom fails to apologise for using the word 'p***y' during interview on BBC Radio 1 with Nick Grimshaw despite backlash from listeners: 'It's a racist slur'

Orlando Bloom fails to apologise for using the word 'p***y' during interview on BBC Radio 1..

27-Apr, 06:40

Pirates of the Caribbean actor Orlando was speaking to Nick Grimshaw on...

Passenger dragged off United Airlines plane wins settlement

Passenger dragged off United Airlines plane wins settlement..

27-Apr, 16:32

The Kentucky doctor dragged off a United Airlines flight from Chicago...

Michelle Keegan transforms into Princess Leia: see picture

Michelle Keegan transforms into Princess Leia: see picture..

27-Apr, 12:16

Michelle Keegan will play Princess Leia in The Keith and Paddy Picture...

Police to use facial recognition at Champions League final

Police to use facial recognition at Champions League final..

27-Apr, 09:40

Police in Wales plan to use facial recognition on fans during the...

Chris Pratt responds to body shamers telling him he's too thin

Chris Pratt responds to body shamers telling him he's too thin..

24-Mar, 17:24

Big or small, Chris Pratt has heard it all. These days, the "Guardians...

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Unchanged at 4.19 Percent

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Unchanged at 4.19 Percent..

02-Feb, 10:21

Long-term US mortgage rates barely budged this week, after marking their...

Senators seek Trump wiretap evidence from DOJ, FBI

Senators seek Trump wiretap evidence from DOJ, FBI..

08-Mar, 20:18

A pair of senators are working together from across the aisle to get to...

My Celestial College Episode 19

My Celestial College Episode 19..

02-Mar, 01:43

The following My Celestial College Episode 19 English Sub has been...