They say that nature always finds a way, and in this case, that’s true … to the extreme.

This is the (pretty gross) story the Japanese Pond Frog Pelophylax nigromaculatus and the Aquatic Beetle Regimbartia attenuata.

Scientists had thought that the beetle had found its way to break free from the predator frog by escaping it’s mouth, but this beetle has a more sickly Houdini act in mind.

In a new study by Current Biology, Kobe University ecologist Shinji Sugiura reveals more about the evolution of escape behavior and our beetle is the star of the show.

Within just six hours of being snapped up by the frog, the beetle slides out of the frog’s anus, or vent. Though muscles typically hold the vent tightly shut its muscles loosen up when the frog defecates.

It’s believed that the beetle stimulates the frog’s poop reflexing, causing the predator to set its prey free to live another day.

Watch the dramatic escape act below:

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