I'm stuck... I need to be toad away: Rat rescued from the middle of a pond after hitching a lift on a frog
Unusual animal alliance photographed in a pond in Lucknow, India
The rat was clinging on to debris but made it to the shore thanks to the help of the frog
These extraordinary pictures show an unusual animal alliance as a frog carries a rat across a pond, saving the rodent from a watery grave.
The rat had been clinging to debris as it struggled to stay afloat in the pond in Lucknow, in northern India, and welcomed the assistance of a more aquatic creature.
The friendship is reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows, the beloved children's book in which Ratty helps Mr Toad reclaim his ancestral home.
Odd couple: A rat was pictured in India hitching a lift across a pond on the back of a frog
Don't look now! The rodent was struggling to stay afloat before the intervention of the friendly frog
Photographer Azam Husain managed to capture the unique moment as he was hanging out next to the water.
'I had parked my scooter on the shore near the pond,' he said. 'I noticed something floating and soon realised it was the rat holding onto some piece of debris.
'It was as if the two creatures were talking in their own way. The next moment, the rat managed to climb onto the back of the frog.
'All this happened very fast. I quickly reached for my bag and took out my camera.'
Triumph: The pair eventually made it to the shore of the pond, saving the rat's life
The frog proceeded to dive into the water, carrying his passenger on the back, and made it to the shore.
Mr Husain said: 'I managed to take a few pictures. I was fascinated with the way the frog swam and the rat held on tight. They were like friends.
'Sadly, I could not catch the moment when the frog reached the shore and rat just sped away.
'I looked around for a bit but both the little creatures had just gone back to their world.'
That is just amazing June! So glad Mr. Husain had his camera with him, you'll never see anything like this again. Thanks!
Well this fellow was lucky. In some parts of India, they pay for people to kill them. In some areas of India, they are worshiped. And in the Phillipines I saw on Nat. Geo. Channel where they gave up and just let the rats get fattened up on their rice fields then eat the rats. Yuck !! Thanks for the post Junee. Fruddy Hugs from me and Dottie. xoxo
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Frog Legs: A British InnovationNew Discovery in England Sheds Light on Who Ate Frogs First
For better or worse, frogs are often associated with the French.
But now, sacre bleu! A team of archaeologists has recently discovered remains of one such amphibian—which had obviously been cooked in some manner—at an ancient site in Wiltshire, England, not far from Stonehenge.
The bone fragments were dated to nearly 10,000 years ago. "That's well before the first documentation of the French eating frog," says dig leader David Jacques of the University of Buckingham. "The earliest source for the French eating frogs legs is in The Annals of the Catholic Church from the 12th century."
The history of the frog as human food is murky at best. But Jacques says it's not surprising that hunter-gatherers would have eaten small animals like frogs and toads. "It may well be that they were a source of useful protein then and a convenient 'fast food' to cook."
So how did such humble fare end up on the most refined menus? Cookbook recipes indicate that frog legs were a part of haute cuisine as far back as the 18th century in France, says French food writer Benedict Beauge. But how they got there is hard to decipher, in part because few cookbooks were written in centuries past about food for the masses.
What is better understood is England's reputation for not liking frog. In the Oxford Companion to Food, author Alan Davidson (a Brit) writes that frog is "perceived by the English as a staple of the French diet." He adds: "Why the idea of eating frog should be repellent to the English in particular is mildly puzzling. It may have something to do with the ugly (to human beings) appearance of the creatures, or the thought that they emerge all slimy from evil-smelling ponds."
This notion is echoed in Larousse Gastronomique, which says frog legs have "usually filled the British with disgust."
Still, some culinary records do offer proof of frog being enjoyed in Britain.
For example, in his 17th-century cookbook The Accomplisht Cook, Englishman Robert May included a recipe for a pie made with live frogs that would "cause much delight" and spur the ladies to "skip and shreek."
And Larousse Gastronomique notes that when 19th-century chef Georges Auguste Escoffier worked at the Carlton Hotel in London, he convinced the Prince of Wales to allow frog legs at his table by calling them cuisses de nymphes aurore—legs of the dawn nymphs.
Not surprisingly, archaeologist Jacques says that his discovery isn't really about who ate frog legs first anyway. "Rather," he says, "it might be worth considering that all the people settled in Britain in the Mesolithic had their origins in France and surrounding areas."
Jacques also noted that Britain was still joined to mainland Europe until around 5500 B.C., when it separated from the continent. "Perhaps we should see this as an opportunity for entente cordiale—we were all French then!"
Thank you for the beautiful post, June
Wish a nice weekend to ALL FROGGIES !!
A common toad adopting a defensive stance
The European common toad (Bufo bufo) adopts a characteristic stance when attacked, inflating its body and standing with its hindquarters raised and its head lowered.The bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) crouches down with eyes closed and head tipped forward when threatened. This places the parotoid glands in the most effective position, the other glands on its back begin to ooze noxious secretions and the most vulnerable parts of its body are protected.Another tactic used by some frogs is to "scream", the sudden loud noise tending to startle the predator. The gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor) makes an explosive sound that sometimes repels the shrew Blarina brevicauda. Although toads are avoided by many predators, the common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) regularly feeds on them. The strategy employed by juvenile American toads (Bufo americanus) on being approached by a snake is to crouch down and remain immobile. This is usually successful, with the snake passing by and the toad remaining undetected. If it is encountered by the snake's head, however, the toad hops away before crouching defensively.
June, thanks for a fascinating post. Enjoyed the pictures and the explanations. Too bad humanity can't be as generous as the frog was to the rat. Anyone who is different, humanity seems to feel the need to hurt or dislike.
This is amazing, June !!
They stretch themselves to appear bigger !!
thank you for sharing
Very interesting June and loved the photos, thanks!