A woman in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia, ran over a frog with her lawnmower. The frog survived, but suffered a gash on its back. A family member contacted Cairns Frog Hospital to arrange for care, and that started a bureaucratic process to get the frog on a flight to Cairns. By car, the distance is over a thousand kilometers. A flight was arranged and an animal handler was found, and the small amphibian was taken to hospital president Deborah Pergolotti.
Ms Pergolotti said it was clear that the animal was already in distress.
"The person who found the frog had accidently ran over it with their lawn mower, which means the frog was out during the daylight hours in the middle of the day, indicating that it was unwell," she said.
And Ms Pergolotti said by the time the frog arrived in Cairns, its condition continued to deteriorate with the wound getting infected.
"He had a lot of different, alternate treatments to make sure that we would minimise any possible bacterial involvement, and get rid of the bacteria that was already there," she said.
For a sick frog that had been hit by a lawnmower, the little guy is doing well. His wound and infection are healing, and he is expected to be returned to Mount Isa next week. -via Arbroath
(Image credit: Deborah Pergolotti/Frog Safe, Inc.)