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You have to see this video from BBC showing tadpoles swarming their mom to feast on her infertile eggs. This rare glimpse is something you wouldn’t be able to see if it weren’t for the captive breeding programs of organizations to save endangered species. It’s all connected to the umbrella program of Amphibian Ark.

Excerpts from the story:

The remarkable footage was recorded at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, in Jersey, which took in 12 of the rescued frogs. Twenty-six others went to Parken Zoo in Sweden, and 12 are now housed in ZSL London Zoo.

“We thought that the eggs would come out and drop to the bottom of the nest and then the tadpoles would start eating them. But the footage shows about 40 tadpoles congregating around the female and eating the eggs as they come out of the female’s body.”

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Raining tadpoles? Well, this is a frog blog, so I suppose I have to post this one: Nanao, Japan, has experienced a reported storm of tadpoles falling from the sky. Here’s the full story: CLICK HERE.

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Photo from Memphis Commercial Appeal

We wrote months ago about the dire situation facing the Mississippi Gopher Frog. But now the Memphis Zoo has announced the first captive breeding program for the species. This is going to be a very encouraging year of perhaps hundreds of small and large steps to avert the mass extinction. Excerpt from the Commercial Appeal:

If frogs can have high hopes, then those of the endangered Mississippi gopher frog are resting with the Memphis Zoo, the first zoo to successfully breed the vanishing amphibians.

Using in-vitro fertilization techniques learned while breeding Wyoming toads in 2004, the zoo has produced 93 Mississippi gopher tadpoles, a number nearly matching the 100 frogs still living in the wild.