Biology

How an endangered South African toad survived a journey via sneaker to Baltimore

How an endangered South African toad survived a journey via sneaker to Baltimore

An endangered-species toad traveled from South Africa to Baltimore in a Hopkins scientist’s sneaker and ended up in her gym locker.

Nancy Connell, a retired microbiologist and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, discovered the toad in the locker Friday morning after working out at the gym. She recognized him right away.

Connell had flown home from South Africa two days earlier and never unpacked her suitcase. On Friday morning, the Federal Hill resident pulled the sneakers from the suitcase, threw them in a gym bag and walked to the gym at the Inner Harbor.

The tiny toad that peered up at her from the bottom of the locker after her workout...

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