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Animals Sealed in Stone

By March 26, 2014

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Frog sealed in stoneThere are many documented cases of toads, frogs, lizards and other small animals inexplicably found encased within solid rock and wood -- alive! These amphibious enigmas are one of the most perplexing mysteries of nature. Here are some of those astonishing true accounts, many recorded by prestigious scientific journals. Read about these fascinating mysteries.


June 8, 2006 at 3:13 pm
(1) Right says:


December 7, 2011 at 1:23 am
(2) Visara says:

When these animals are encased in stone, rock or concrete, how do they eat? Where do they get their water?
Animals need food and water to survive. Claiming a frog was found alive inside a rock after being there for 40+ years is not possible.

These stories are complete fiction. They have to be. Logically, there’s no other way around it.

December 7, 2011 at 2:56 am
(3) Ananthi G. Chandrasekaran says:

Toads in the Coal: An Occasional Hell?

There are three ways, broadly speaking, to account for the numerous reports of living creatures recovered from cavities in solid rock thousands of years old. The most decisive way is to declare (as one Captain Buckland did when a toad supposedly released from a lump of coal in a Welsh mine was exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1862) that such things are “a gross imposition” – the work of fools and bunglers whose words and eyes are not to be trusted.

A less impetuous explanation maintains that although the stone in which these creatures are found may appear to be solid, it actually contains fissures through which water, air, and perhaps even nutrients may enter. In the case of limestone, these fissures may become sealed by seeping carbonate of lime, the chemical from which stalactites and stalagmites are formed. To the untrained eye, the new deposits would not be distinguishable from the old rock, and the limestone would seem to be a solid, uniform mass.

The third account for such things is the most interesting but is not verifiable by any ordinary means. It can be illustrated by a story from Tibet.

In the later part of the 19th century a venerable lama named Situ Pema Wangyal Rinpoche was making a journey to Lhasa in the company of several friends. One day, much to the alarm of his companions, he fell into an unusually wrathful mood and that evening insisted on making camp on a barren plain where heither firewood nor water could be found. The next morning, still in a bad humor, he obliged the party to leave the route for Lhasa and to set out in a northerly directions that led, so far as his companions knew, to nowhere in particular. Since they held him in considerable esteem, however, they followed him without question.

December 7, 2011 at 2:57 am
(4) Ananthi G. Chandrasekaran says:

After several hours they came to an enormous outcrop of rock, which, Situ Rinpoche announced, it was their task to break open. Since they had no tools but their wooden staffs, they fared poorly in this task, and – already alarmed by their leader’s behavior – they withdrew 50 to 60 feet to confer, leaving Situ Rinpoche standing by the rock.

Whereupon the lama took his staff and struck the rock a single blow. It shattered and revealed within a large, repulsive-looking creature somewhat like a salamander, its scaly black skin stuck to the rock, panting for breath. Situ Rinpoche gently lifted the animal out of the rock and set it down on the ground in front of him. He then sat down and began to perform a certain yoga on the animal’s behalf.

In Tibetan this yoga is called pho-wa and is usually described as involving a transfer of consciousness. It is performed by lamas for the benefit of the dying.

After a while a narrow column of rainbow-colored light rose from the creature’s head, and it died. Funeral rites were performed, and soon afterward the body was burned.

Afterward Situ Rinpoche explained that he had liberated the animal, which in a previous life had had a connection with him, from one of the occasional Hells. In the Buddhist decription of other realms of existence, these occasional Hells lie ourside the main circles of Hell and are sometimes encountered in this world. Very often, they are instanced by the enclosure of a living creature in solid rock.”


December 8, 2011 at 11:17 am
(5) Julio says:

Main thing I notice: no modern cases, with the exception of one in 1976 and one during WWII – neither of which have any photographic evidence…

It appears to me to be nothing more than frauds. Just because a scientific journal wrote about them doesnt mean much…I wonder exactly what “well authenticated” meant back in 1865 – probably wouldnt stand up today as evidence.

December 10, 2011 at 11:47 pm
(6) Scott says:

many are probably hoaxes but this could happen given the right circumstances. You’d have to talke with some experts to see if this is that common or not. We all know that it can rain fish and frogs and that one is hard to believe even though it is fact

December 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm
(7) Jules says:

regarding the pterodactyl: pics or it didn’t happen

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