Golden Carp Attacked by a Toad

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THE following account of a toad attacking a golden carp may be of interest to some of your readers from its bearing on an ancient belief that frogs and toads are at enmity with carp, and kill them by destroying their eyes. Izaak Walton in the “Compleat Angler” refers to this belief, and states that frogs attack carp by “sticking fast” to their heads. Possibly naturalists, unknown to me, may have already thrown light on the origin of a tale which hitherto I have regarded as a fisherman's story of the conventional type.

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