Released

Last week I told you about our resident frog we called Brad Pitt. This week I am following up to the story.

My husband is the one who had named Brad. In doing so he brought humor to the problematic story of a Pickerel frog overwintering inside our house. While Brad was able to hide there, his pit had no food in it, and after we moved in to the once-vacant house, his quiet hibernation retreat had become a noisy, disruptive place. Plus, from the human perspective, there’s simply something socially unacceptable about allowing frogs to live in one’s basement.

I was never quite sure how many frogs were there. It turns out, the number was at least three. I know because I caught two and a good friend caught one.

Yup, you read it right, the weather finally warmed and the frogs have been caught and released.

They went from living here….

…to living here.

One by one I found them outside the hole, making them accessible to catch. Nervously I carried them up the stairs, through the kitchen and dining room, and out the door.

I captured two on camera before they disappeared into the landscape.

Brad, the smallest one, was first.

Within 24 hours, two bigger frogs followed.

Look closely and you can see bits of pink insulation stuck to him, the same material that can be seen floating in the second shot. One time I saw Brad trying to eat the stuff; the human space is no place for Pickerel frogs to live. The three are hungry and tired, and I’ll never know if they’ll survive, but at least they now they are back in frog habitat.

While my human footprint might be huge, I will leave the wooded space around my house for them and many other species. Sure, I could fill in the wet spots, plant lots of grass, and develop a “proper” yard, but a frog couldn’t have a good life in that kind of landscape any more than in a basement drain. Leaving a place for them is the only fair thing to do.

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