Thursday, September 1, 2011
Leaping into action?
I have seen
The old pond
Frog jumping in
And sound of water. (Sadiqullah Khan)
But today it wasn't in an old pond - the large frog was in my swimming pool. How long it had been there I do not know, but the fact that I have a salt water pool probably helped its survival. Chlorine, on the other hand, would have killed it within minutes, and to think that some people swim in the stuff. He (and I am no authority when it comes to sexing amphibians) was moving quickly, but little match for my deftness with the long-handled pool net. I exaggerate. It took me ten minutes and more than that number of scoops to catch him. But catch him I did, and within the blue mesh of the net he remained quite feisty. What to do? If I released him in the woods he would probably seek out another pool if not mine. So it was clear. Protesting with his back legs, I put him ignominiously in a plastic shopping bag, and drove him the two miles to Sagg Pond. There I tipped him out at the water's edge where after two large hops he waved goodbye ( I'm kidding) and slid into the water.
A satisfactory outcome for the frog, but am I losing my objectivity?
Posted by Tim Lewis at 8:57 PM