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Malmö loses millions to protect rare toad

Published fredag 31 oktober 2014 kl 10.47
Tiny green-spotted toads. Photo: Claes Andrén/ Nordens Ark

A species of endangered green-spotted toad has decided to set up home in the southern city of Malmö, losing the local council SEK 6 million every year.

This is because an old industrial harbour area "Norra hamnen" has been made into a nature reserve to protect the 760 toads. They form the second biggest colony in Sweden, reports newspaper Sydsvenskan.

But this council-owned property could have been rented out. It is 153,000 square metres and would have raised millions for the city.

"We have to be responsibile, we can't sit and just demand other countries protect their own endangered species while we ignore the toad," says councilor Milan Obradovic, a Social Democrat, to Sydsvenskan.

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