August 22, 2011

How We Saved a Frog

Sometimes, when it just rained, and you go to take a walk in High Park, you can see a multitude of frogs climbing out onto the sidewalk, for reasons I cannot fathom. They prevent the human visitors from stepping as carelessly as they normally would, and keep nearly getting under the wheels of bicycles. Some of them are tiny, while others are more imposing.

One of these frogs had decided to expand its horizons and learn more about the world, and so he decided to go beyond the boundaries of the pond and its immediate surroundings. He made it out onto the road. We really didn't want to think that the life of this potential prince might end under the wheels of a car, and we decided to organize a rescue.

The people passing by would stop for a moment to give us advice on how to capture the frog, and where to move him. It wasn't that easy to catch this creature. He kept jumping this way and that, fearing for his life; not realizing that saving it was exactly our objective. Having utilized the suggestions of all the passers-by, we finally caught the frog and carried him away from the road. Overall, it was quite fun.
The last time something similar happened (except involving a cat instead of a frog), it was a few years ago, and you can read up on it here.


  1. Isn't it a toad?

    Anyway, well done for such public spiritedness for saving the little kamikaze!

  2. Lord Olga. That is one big frog and I agree with Sarah, it looks like a toad. Not sure I would have picked up "your prince" in my bare hands. Good for you for trying to rescue the little guy though ;-) Veronique aka French Girl in Seattle

  3. Hello Olga:
    You are indeed a Good Samaritan and we are so pleased that the frog [who may indeed be a prince] was not left to his fate for, as you say, most likely he would have been run over. In your pictures he looks really attractively marked with a wonderful spotted and cream coloured underside.

    It is so strange why at certain times frogs will leave the water and their immediate, relatively safe environment and put themselves at risk. Very odd, we think, almost as though instinct deserts them.

    Thank you, dear Olga, for the support which you gave us on another blog which did, in fact, upset us. As for commenting on your posts, we genuinely look forward to them and always, without exception, enjoy what you have to say and to show.

  4. Excellent! Thank you for saving this frog. It was his lucky day :^)

  5. Frog or toad what the heck, I am glad that you were thoughtful enough to save him/her. Maybe if he is a Prince he will come and give you a kiss LOL Diane

  6. Well, that must have been an adventure! I´m glad you found the little fellow! :-D

  7. Quelle aventure! Mais tu as encore gravi une marche en direction du paradis. :-)
    Bravo, Olga!

  8. ha ha ha the frog/toad looks irritated in the first picture. I'm sure the frotoad is happy to be alive. Good job Olga! Reminds me of the game Frogger.=)

  9. Olá Olga, belas fotografias...Espectacular....

  10. How kind of you to rescue the frog. When it rains a lot of frogs like to come out onto the road by our house. We sometimes stop to move them if they don't jump out of the way and our journey is usually a bit hairy trying to drive around the frogs! I don't know why they prefer the road.

  11. Once again the beauty of detail, the watchful eye of the photographer!

  12. Olga, you do tell beautiful stories.
    Did it became a prince at the end?

  13. Waww... Mikä ilme.
    Oikea valokuvaajan ihanne malli.

  14. As a frog-lover I want to thank you for the rescue :)

  15. Good pics. Good story.

    I REALLY like frogs!

  16. Love the close up! it reminds me of the drawings of Mr. Toad in wind in the Willows! :)

  17. Frogs have to watch out for all kinds of enemies in the wild.
    He largest enemy that frogs have isn't something as easily adapted to: Pollution!
    Frogs are becoming particularly important as factors in measuring the health of the global environment and in tracking how much ultra-violet light gets into our atmosphere.

  18. Frog went on a journey through the city. I see it the first time. Often a lot of snails here in the sidewalks near the neglected gardens. Like this year when it rains often. It's impossible sometimes not be avoided. Olga nice photos and nice reading. Warm greetings! Peter.

  19. And the frog became a prince in the end? ... great story !!

  20. Thank God! you save it!!!it's so beautiful! kisses from greece.

  21. Olive wood is so lovely – it reminds me of Provence.
    So sweet of you to catch the little frog and save its life. I like frogs a lot. Once we went to New York City just because I wished to see a frog exhibit at the museum – there were so many – the most colorful though from the Rain Forests were poisonous.

  22. bonita inspiración ranas , son simpáticas como sus primos los sapos. saludos.

  23. Sadly I have never seen too many frogs but great tips !

  24. Well done Olga & Family for rescuing this adventurous vagabonde! (He is very cute by the way). I must tell you sometime of my animal rescues (in Cork it has been 2 dogs & one hedgehog!!). One day I dream of having an animal sanctuary for all my waifs & strays...maybe you can help me! X

  25. And did it become a Prince???
    Will be back commemting at the end of the month.
    ¡Hasta luego!

  26. What a lucky one to have been rescued. More adventures are sure to follow.

  27. Well done for saving him, he looks a little cross in the first photo. :)

  28. Hi Sarah,
    I could never tell frogs from toads or butterflies from moths :)

    Hi Veronique,
    I think he is very good-looking. Although, frankly, we tried to take him away from the road using sticks :)

    Hi Jane and Lance Hattatt,
    Such a cute frog - just look at his eyes!
    I'm convinced that "another blogger" didn't intend to hurt your feelings. It was just a big misunderstanding.

    Hi Doug,
    Indeed, it was his lucky day. Although he looked very grumpy :)

    Hi Diane,
    Lol! I prefer not to be kissed by someone like that; he better find a partner among other amphibians.

  29. Hi tinajo,
    Thank you. I specialize in rescuing small animals :)

    Hi Richard,
    Je sais, et je suis prêt pour cela :)

    Hi Sandy,
    Please, don't think that I'm so desperate that I even try to find friends among frogs :)

    Hi Fernando,
    Thank you for your compliments. I'm glad you liked the frog's portraits :)

    Hi Sarah Elizabeth,
    What an interesting fact. I guess these things happen even to Italian frogs :)

  30. Hi Antonio,
    It's not me, it's just the model :)

    Hi Pet,
    Not yet. Seeing as I'm married, we couldn't arrange anything. But at least we gave him the chance to continue looking for his princess :)

    Hi Eko,
    Tässä tapauksessa olen löytänyt harmonian:)

    Hi Ekaterina,
    I felt that I was on a mission that day :)

    Hi Rick,
    I'm glad that we have a mutual affetion for frogs.

  31. Hi Jenny,
    Honestly, it wasn't at all easy to do this close-up shot. I practically had to lie down on the road :)

    Hi Paolo,
    Spoken like a true specialist. It's very disheartening that pollution has such an effect on frogs, and everything else for that matter.

    Hi Peter,
    When I lived in Moscow, I had no chance to see anything natural. I was in a concrete jungle. Right now, it is such a joy to be able to witness manifestations of nature.

    Hi Fabio,
    It wasn't easy to make this face-to-face shot. The frog was pretty fast :)

    Hi Laura.M,
    He is still out looking for his princess. All because we saved his life :)

  32. Hi Φανή Παπαγεωργίου, Ζωγράφος,
    I really think he's a good-looking frog :)

    Hi Vagabonde,
    I also have a friend who collects figurines of frogs. At one point in time, I spent quite a while drawing frogs too.

    Hi Maelgi,
    Sí, son muy lindos. Pero la nuestra era muy gruñón.

    Hi lilylovekin,
    I am always on a mission to save all small animals :)

    Hi Wong,
    It turns out that frogs are not the most convenient models. They are too fast.

  33. Hi Dolly,
    It's a very noble cause, to rescue animals. To organize an animal sanctuary is one of the best things you can do.

    Hi Colores,
    Thank you; I really tried.

    Hi aguja,
    He didn't turn into a prince that day, but he was alive to continue looking for his princess. Have a good break!

    As long as I live here, there will always be room for adventure.

    Hi Lindy,
    The first photo doesn't lie. He really was that grumpy.

  34. haha the lake and it's immediate surroundings :) you always make me laugh!

  35. Hola, Olga!!!...has logrado captar una serie fotográfica muy original e insólita...muy buen trabajo!!!

    He visto tus recientes fotografías...muy buenas instantáneas...bien hecho...enhorabuena!!!

    Un abrazo!!! ;)

  36. Great story! I love that first photo, he looks so grumpy.

  37. Hello Olga!Thank you for stopping by! I hope your day is a good one and that you will come back again soon. Greetings from Rio de Janeiro/Brasil. Nelson Souzza :)

  38. This is funny, I saved a snake and lizard in the last two days!

  39. Aw, poor little guy. Thank goodness you rescued him, Olga!

  40. Hi Krystal,
    Actually, it was the purpose of this post - to make people laugh. And to enjoy this strange but entrancing creature.

    Hi Ignacio,
    Muchas gracias. Su aliento es muy apreciado porque siempre estoy consciente de la calidad de mis fotos.

    Hi Al,
    He was actually very grumpy. It's funny that I captured his mood.

    Hi Nelson,
    Thank you for coming. I hope your day is also good and you're enjoying yourself.

    Hi T. Becque,
    What an interesting coincidence. Good job saving them!

    Hi Talli,
    Isn't he a handsome guy? :)

  41. Oh that first picture is simply amazing! Glad you got to save him.

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    Please by me :-)

  43. I tried to comment on this post yesterday, but alas, it wouldn't let me. Blogger was acting strange. :P

    I love these photos of the frog and I think you are so sweet ot have saved him. Most people would not have bothered.

  44. :-)
    Enjoy your day Olga !
    Greetings from France,


  45. Great photo of the foot and frog. Nice. I'm not sure I'd pick one of those guys up either! LOL :)

  46. Hi floweringmama,
    Believe me, you don't want to know what pose I had to take to capture this shot.

    Hi Paolo,
    Only for you, Paolo. But it's such a big responsibility :)

    Hi Jennifer Fabulous,
    It's true - strange things happen on Blogger when you want to leave a comment. It happened to me several times. About the frog - the people who don't save frogs are the ones that leave their cats in the shelter.

    Hi Pierre,
    Thank you for your visit! Enjoy your weekend.

  47. Hi Sophia,
    It is my husband's foot :P

  48. Hi Olga,

    Those that saves a live, saves the word, my dear =)

    Good bless you and your family.


  49. Повезло лягушенку! Он очень симпатичный.

  50. Hi Sérgio Pontes ,
    What a lovely thing to say! I absolutely love this expression :) Thank you.

    Hi tattina,
    Он был сердит и даже издавал отпугивающие звуки. И упорно лез под колёса :)

  51. I love frogs, and this one is precious and deserving of life. Also, you captured marvelous images of him/her. Heartwarming!

  52. poor animals today. they all want to live as do we all :)