Hours before the horrific earthquake in China's western province of Sichuan, on May 12, 2008, at 2:28p.m., millions of " HUGE AND BLACK TOADS" escaped the safety of their rivers, their canals, and their ponds. This happened, and is recorded in this photo, in my city of TAIZHOU, JIANGSU, some 1,000 miles from the center of the earthquake!!! What did these frantic toads know?
A Warning of Impending Disaster?
(Throughout history, there have been a multitude of catastrophies, in which animals have given us warnings of impending disasters. One recent tragedy, that stands out in my mind, is the "great tsunami" in Indonesia only a few years ago. Elephants in large numbers, to the surprise of the inhabitants, stampeded toward higher grounds as the monster sea-waves approached the shores. The people of the Indonesian Islands did not know what to make of the elephants' strange behavior, until it was too late.
Let me tell you of another similar, but current occurrence. The event is documented in the first photo of this TravelBlog. I am not able to take credit for this picture, though it was taken in my city of Taizhou, Jiangsu :
Only HOURS before the devastating earthquake hit the
province of Sichuan in S.W. China at 2:28p.m, on May 12, 2008, with tremors
of magnitudes approaching "8" on the Richter-scale, tremors that were felt
as far away as Beijing in the North-east (1,000 miles away) and also in
Shanghai on the central east-coast of China, "millions and millions" of
"Toads and Frogs" began to jump out of the rivers and canals and ponds
No person in Taizhou could understand, what was happening, or why these water-creatures would escape their natural habitat in such massive numbers. The toads' bizarre behavior caused traffic jams everywhere near Taizhou's waterways and bridges. Cars, trucks, busses, mopeds and bikes could not avoid a massacre of these creatures, as tens of thousands were crushed by the tires, creating a slick road surface, that caused dangerous skidding of the road-vehicles.
Pedestrians found little room to walk among such slimy competition for road-space (or toad-space??), and travelers had to protect themselves from the hopping-onslaught. Men, women, and children found themselves surrounded by millions of black, jumping creatures, which Chinese families usually only see on a dinner table, or at the more "up-scale" restaurants of our city.
Neither Steven King nor Alfred Hitchcock could have imagined a more frightning movie-scene, as our city's population, heading back to work from a satisfying lunch, made little head-way toward their destinations, being surrounded and overwhelmed by an ever-increasing number of repulsive, black toads.
What did these sensitive creatures feel, and drive them from the safety of their under-water communes, and why did they wish to escape? Was their self-destructive behavior a warning of the impending disaster, which was just about to occur almost a thousand miles away in Chengdu, Sichuan, PRC ?
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