Panamanian Golden Frog's Last Wave

The Panamanian golden frogs live near a noisy mountain stream, so croaking does it no good. So it has evolved a clever way to communicate to rivals and mates: it waves to them!

Hilary Jeffkins, senior producer of Life In Cold Blood, said the semaphoring behaviour of the Panamanian golden frog was very unusual.

"Normally, frogs would croak to get their message across but it's too noisy," she said. "An extra mechanism they've evolved is to wave to each other."

Sadly, right after the BBC One Series Life in Cold Blood crew filmed the frogs, a fungus infection wiped out the entire frog population. The film thus captured the Panamanian golden frog's last wave.

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According to 'the frogs had to be rescued from the wild':

'Scientists were forced to remove the remaining frogs from the wild and keep them in captivity.

'Hilary Jeffkins added: "The whole species is now extinct in Panama - this was one of the last remaining populations. Its final wave was in our programme."'

So it's sad, but not as sad as one might imagine from the post.
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At least that one went out with a ban....

Wow. Bad time for a pun, huh? It's like finding a tap dancing fish an hour before the species goes extinct.

That has to be one of those most polite mating rituals though, lol!
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