Cane Toads exposes one of the most bizarre biological blunders of all time. In 1935, in a strategic operation designed to save the nation's sugar cane crop from destruction by the greyback beetle, the Queensland Government imported a sackload of Bufo Marinus, the cane toad, from Hawaii. What the team of scientists failed to realise was that the beetle could fly while the cane toad couldn't! The mission was a failure. The cane toad adapted beautifully to its new environment, spread everywhere, ate everything and soon became a pest of plague proportions.
Today Bufo Marinus is a common suburban sight. Cane Toads is a humorous film which takes a close look at the different ways people have responded to living down among the toads. Pests or pet, Queensland, if not Australia, is being overrun by these fat, slimy, ugly beasts.
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