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Comment from: Mike M

Loved this story! I was thinking perhaps a newt at the beginning of the story, but then again, I have never met a newt named Brad! How true that we are at the top of the food chain and that is not always a good thing for the lesser beings that inhabit "our" space.

03/28/14 @ 10:38
Comment from: bob

You may want to wait until you have enough legs for a meal but I recommend skinning and sauteing the legs in a skillet with a little garlic and butter until the meat comes off the bones with ease. Enjoy!

03/28/14 @ 12:31
Comment from:

Thanks for the input, Mike M. I'm glad you enjoyed it. In the meantime, please accept my apologies for my friend Bob's comment as he is happy to parked steadfastly at the top of that chain.

03/28/14 @ 13:45
Comment from: bob

You are correct! I am quite content to be one of the few privileged species on the top of the food chain but unless it is that you don't care for my recipe, I'm not sure if I understand the need to apologize on my behalf though. Certainly you too believe in the killing of non-endangered animals for sustenance, don't you?

Although my comment was originally meant as a joke, knowing how compassionate of a friend you are to all living things that you don't eat, please note that PA's fish commission does allow us to eat one Pickerel Frog per day with no closed season. I recommend you eat one of yours right away since the possession limit is only one. Just make certain what you have is not actually the endangered Southern Leopard Frog before you start cooking.


03/28/14 @ 15:05
Comment from: Paula

Ha! At first I read the line immediately after your essay as "To get to this frog's home page ..."! Mike, if it had been a newt, perhaps they would have called it Gingrich.
Speaking of frogs, I don't know what species they are, but the ones that sound like ducks have come to life in my little pond. They are so loud that my dog barks at their chorus.

03/29/14 @ 13:45
Comment from: Kathy  

Such enjoyable reading and so well put, enjoyed that, Bob you are too much we will forgive you the comment, too funny!

03/29/14 @ 14:29
Comment from:

Bob: Yes, I totally knew your post was a joke. You seem to be missing the point of this post though. Maybe that's intentional. A one-inch Pickerel frog is not human food. Anglers might use it for bait, but as for its role in our food chain, it's better left to sustain other species. Additionally the observation I am making is that I -- the top-of-the-chain, "superior" human -- want the frogs gone because they are an inconvenience and nothing more. Therein is the primary part that is not fair. Additionally, it is consequential. By acting upon my want of things gone from "my" space, I am interrupting the chain on which I depend.

Paula: Fun! Thankfully, there are not of the barking variety. Their call is more of a quiet gurgle.

Kathy: thank you for seeing the humor as it was intended.

03/30/14 @ 09:10

At least humans have the POTENTIAL to CHOOSE to live in peace with their other-species neighbors. And SOME do. The alternative, not to have humans around, is not acceptable to me.

And not to have frogs around is not acceptable to me either. So nice story Ruth and nice understanding.

03/30/14 @ 11:32
Comment from:

Thank you, Joe, for summarizing the situation well, as you so often do.

04/01/14 @ 17:20