Ribbiting discovery in shop asparagus

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MEET Maurice, a European treefrog who was found in a bunch of asparagus at a supermarket in Portsmouth.

Usually a native of parts of Africa and Asia, the green amphibian was discovered by Ann and Jim MacFarlene.

The couple bought the asparagus at the Morrisons store, in Victory Retail Park, but only discovered the frog – now named Maurice – when they got back home in Southampton.

The pair’s daughter Jenna works as a visitors’ services supervisor at the Blue Reef Aquarium, in Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, where the frog is now staying.

She said: ‘The chances of finding a tree frog in your vegetables is extremely remote.

‘Maurice is now in our quarantine area where he appears to be in excellent condition, despite his epic journey.

‘Once he’s got the all-clear our plan is for him to go on public show in one of our amphibian displays.’

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