The RSPCA was called out to a dramatic rescue when an overweight toad became stuck face down in the garden decking.
An inspector attended the scene on Wednesday to come and help the chubby amphibian out of its predicament – and said it was the fattest toad he had ever seen.
After trying to release the toad with his hands, inspector Jason Finch eventually had to saw through the decking to rescue the podgy creature in the garden in Norwich, Norfolk.
Jason said: “When I arrived at the house I was shown to the garden by the homeowners, and it didn’t take me long to spot the little legs sticking out of the wooden decking.
“I knew I had to get the little guy out as soon as possible, he must have been very uncomfortable.”
After unsuccessfully trying to release the toad with his hands, he became too concerned about hurting the slippery soft body of the toad.
Luckily, the homeowner wasn’t too concerned about the decking, and let Jason saw through the wooden board to release the toad.
However, just before he was about to start sawing, the toad had managed to wriggle and squeeze himself through the gap – trapping himself completely under the decking.
Jason said: “There was no way he would have been able to get out from under the decking, so I carried on with my plan to saw the plank of wood and lever it up, where I was then able to lift the toad out to safety.
“He was the biggest, fattest toad I have ever seen.
“I can only think he was after a nice fly or a juicy bug when he decided to stick his head down the gap.”
Jason released the podgy toad near the garden pond and said it was a “very successful rescue”.
He added: “I’d like to say a big thank-you to the homeowner for calling us and letting us do what we needed to in order to rescue the toad.
“It’s really heart-warming that people are prepared to go the extra mile to help our wildlife.”