I was shocked when I noticed something moving in my Lidl bananas
A WOMAN was shocked to spot a frog in her Lidl banana that she says has traveled about 3,200 miles.
Jan Giovinazzo, 71, from Surrey, settled in to enjoy her fruit when she noticed the little amphibian was staring straight at her.
“I always look for spiders when I buy bananas,” says the pensioner.
What she found, however, was certainly not a spider.
“I went to the sink to peel it when I noticed something on it. I looked down and thought, ‘What the hell is that?’
“When I looked closer, I realized it was a small frog.”
Jan rushed to the internet to try to identify the creature she believes to be an Ivory Coast reed frog. A claim backed by the fact that the bananas were said to have been grown there as well.
If correctly identified, the little frog must have had the journey of a lifetime as it traveled the 3,200 miles from the West African country to Lidl in Epson, Surrey.
“It’s not quite what I expected.
“I have to say it was very cute,” she says, adding that he was very “sleepy.”
After the initial shock, Jan put the amphibian in a small box “to keep it warm” and called the RSPCA.
“I kept him by the radiator all night and he survived,” she explains.
“Like I said, he was cute, but it’s actually illegal to release a non-native species into the outside world.”
As for the bananas themselves, Jan admits, “I’m off them now.”
Ironically, Lidl bananas bear the Rainforest Alliance logo — a symbol of a tiny frog — to prove they’re sustainably grown.
Jan took to social media to share her bizarre find with fellow supermarket shoppers.
Another Lidl shopper said: “I’m surprised they didn’t charge you for this.”
“Yay. A free pet frog with every bunch of bananas is way better than Waitrose,” joked another.
“This story is vague” and “Froget about it” were offered by others.
Another customer wrote, “This is so much better than the crappy toys you used to have at the bottom of your cereal box.”
“Extra protein. Bon appetit, darling,” said another.
The frog was picked up at Jan’s home by the RSPA and is now spending some time in quarantine before finding a new home.
Lidl and the RSPCA were reached for comment.
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