first_imgWhen little Emma Carr told her mother she had found a tadpole in their garden in shivering September, her mother told her to ‘hop it”!But when the Letterkenny schoolgirl, 9, brought the little creature into their Letterkenny home, her family were left ‘toad’-ily speechless.The family rushed to put the tadpole into an old fish-tank in the hope of keeping it alive at their home in Foxhill. And now, not only has it survived but it is growing two back-legs and turning into a fully-fledged frog.Mum Caroline, who works as an assistant curator at the Donegal County Museum, said she is gob-smacked at the find.“I thought she was joking as she’s a bit of a messer. But when she came in with it I couldn’t believe it.“It was freezing outside and she was bringing in a tadpole which should have spawned in March or April,” she said. Frog expert John Wilkinson of the Amphibian and Reptile Association, who are co-ordinating the latest Irish Frog Survey, said it is a rare find.Mr Wilkinson says the strange weather of late is to blame but that Emma’s tadpole, which she has christened Tappy, will be very strong.“It actually has a great chance of survival because it was spawned late,” he said.He explained that the late arrival probably came as a result of the recent mild weather spell.“It was nature’s way of protecting it and it came out late. It’s very unusual but then it’s all down to the unusual weather we’re having,” he said. Emma’s mum Caroline said they are feeding Tappy on lettuce and small pieces of fish food.“It’s not many children can say they have a pet frog. She had been asking me for a pet hamster so at least we don’t have to worry abou that now,” laughed Caroline.EndsHOP TO IT – EMMA FINDS THE COOLEST PET! was last modified: October 7th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Caroline CarrEmma Carrfrogtadpolelast_img

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