Danger in ‘jumping beans’ craze


By LAM LI
BY LAM LI

JOHOR BARU: A new “pet craze” – jumping beans – is taking the city by storm. 

The “pet,” which has been banned by the authorities in Singapore in fear of its threat to the environment, is selling openly here and appeals mostly to teenagers. 

The jumping beans come in a transparent capsule which is priced at RM8.90 and contains three seeds. The beans literally jump, when its owner “feeds” them with water once every two to three days. 

HIDDEN MENACE: These jumping beans are being sold at RM8.90 for each capsule containing three seeds. The beans appeal mostly to teenagers.

On Monday, Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) spokesman Dr Mohd Ismail Mohd Ali was quoted by Channelnewsasia as saying that the beans were banned as they could pose a serious threat to the environment. 

He had told the television channel that the beans, which originate from Mexico, actually contained a live larva and once the larva had finished eating the seeds, it would turn into a moth, which could damage the ecosystem if it multiplied in abundance. 

The authority had also urged Singaporeans who had bought the beans to surrender their pets as soon as possible for them to be destroyed.  

A check at several shopping complexes in the city showed that “jumping beans” were selling briskly, especially among girls. 

A sales assistant at a pet shop in Leisure Mall said the most common reason cited by buyers was that the beans were “so cute.”  

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