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Monday, June 6, 2011

The Great 2011 Frog Rescue

**This post is PICTURE HEAVY and only slightly stitching related!**

My parents have a pool that is usually covered all winter & spring.
This winter, however, the cover ripped and had to be removed.
When spring rolled around, this resulted in the pool being completely taken over by frogs and toads until it resembled a pond.
Today, we started pumping the nasty water out and cleaning up the pool. My sister and I decided we needed to do a frog rescue... which was easier said than done and these pics should show you exactly why.

There were Mama Toads, Daddy Toads, Green Frogs, Tree Frogs, Tadpoles and literally hundreds of baby Toads. The entire half-full pool looked like this:

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See those wee little dots on the pool edge around Mama Toad? Those are baby Toads.

Lots of baby Toads!

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The tadpoles were easy enough to net out, but the baby Toads were a little tricky. We got a lot of them out, though.

And Mama Toads and Frogs...

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This Mama we named 'Bertha' - she was huge!

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Daddy Toads

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and several tiny, adorable Tree Frogs with very wise expressions...

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Since there were plenty of people around to help keep an eye on them, I let my furry babies come along for some air. Audio, my 'retired gentleman cat', slept most of the time. He is a bit elderly, of course. He'll be 16 this year.

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Grizabella, who has not yet reached her first birthday (it's in August) wanted to be involved with everything! She was fascinated by it all.

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But eventually she succumbed to the lure of resting in the sunshine.

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While we continued to rescue wee, perfect babies until it got dark.

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I couldn't resist, and hope this pic doesn't come back to haunt me :D

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Everyone was happily relocated to a nearby pond. Except us and the kits, of course!

So how was your day?

5 comments:

  1. What teeny tiny frogs. They're so cute. I'm glad you didn't just try and kill them off, as some people would do. Glad they all go relocated, and I hope they don't come back to haunt you!!

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  2. Wow, I've never seen toads that small before! The one on the cross stitch fabric is really impressive- I wouldn't have guessed that as the scale at all! I always love getting frogs and stuff in the yard over the summer. Your cats are really cute, too! Audio looks to be a most proper pet.

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  3. I love animals, it's a wonderful story. Thank you very much for keep them live.

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  4. This is the best stitching picture I have ever seen! I wounder if he could help you count: 10 squares per hop!

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  5. Wow - neat photos!
    Good for you for relocating them!
    They are so cute.

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