Experts alarmed that teenagers are breeding millions of frogs for ‘Frog Army’

“I wanted to create the biggest army of frogs in history.”

army of frogs

Oh oh.

A UK-based TikTok teenager claims to have collected more than 1.4 million frog eggs, which have since hatched in their backyard pool – and conservation biologists are horrified by the potential consequences of the tendency to go viral, The Guardian reports.

“I wanted to create the biggest army of frogs in history,” the user, who goes by the name thinfrog, said in a recent video. “Next year I will create a giant pond for ten million frogs.”

Unsurprisingly, the huge twisted mass of little frogs would have taken over the TikToker and their neighbor’s court before spreading “around the neighborhood”.

“It makes me cringe,” said Tierra Curry, a conservation biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity, an Arizona-based nonprofit. The Guardian. “Instead of helping [these TikTok users] actually harm the animals they release and any animals in the environment they release them into – this creates a vector for disease and invasive species. »

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The waterfall is not new. Another user also decided to play God by release 100 million ladybugs in Central Park, before claiming he was slapped with a lawsuit and flee the country (remember of course that Internet users sometimes just make stuff up).

Needless to say, experts aren’t exactly thrilled about teens wreaking havoc on delicate natural ecosystems, especially if copycats — or, uh, copycats — start to catch on. Ominously, the comment sections are full of other users asking accounts like thinfrog how to start their own army.

BBC Wildlife marine biologist Dawood Qureshi Told Subway that “farming so many frogs is definitely not good for the environment”, adding that such an influx of predators could limit the number of insects, which could “negatively impact important processes such as pollination”.

After all, TikTok users are there for the views. A single video that goes viral on the video-sharing platform can garner tens of millions of views, as thinfrog did.

And it could end up having “extremely negative consequences”, as Curry put it. The Guardian.

So maybe let nature decide which frogs can live or die.

READ MORE: TikTok’s Frog Army stunt could have serious consequences, experts warn [The Guardian]

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