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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2011 5:01pm (May 4th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    On our afternoon walk with Kasper today we passed the small pond in the forest that houses hundreds of tadpoles. What with the hot dry weather and the fact that the pond has a 'leak' it's been growing smaller and smaller over the passing weeks.

    Today there was no water left but a small pool of thick mud, with hundreds of tadpoles wriggling about desperately. It was a horrible sight and I knew that I couldn't leave them like that.

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    We wasted no time and ran back home (with a very bemused and disappointed Kasper!) and grabbed the baby hisser's tank and a plastic beaker. Heading back to the pond I waded through the thick mud in my wellies and began scooping out the tadpoles, trying to rescue as many as I could.

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    We ferried them back to the house and swapped about 30 of them over to a smaller tank we had spare, then topped both up with fresh water. Then it was time for a quick feed of cucumber and fish flakes, they were very hungry! Now we're leaving them to settle down.

    Photobucket

    I don't know how many we have, but we're on the look out for a safe spot to drop them off after rehabilitation.

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2011 5:07pm (May 4th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    An extra photo and some videos of them all, and the frenzy at feeding time!

    This was before we swapped a few more of the big ones over to the shallower tank...
    http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii264/Red_Jellybean/?action=view¤t=DSCF2355.mp4

    This is the feeding frenzy when you can really see how many there are!

    http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii264/Red_Jellybean/?action=view¤t=DSCF2359.mp4&newest=1
      tadpole5.jpg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2011 11:10pm (May 4th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well we reckon we have way over 100 taddies here with us :gasp:

    Most are quite big with back legs developing, but there's a few tiny late bloomers in there. We've been feeding them cucumber, Boggley's fish flakes and a crust of bread with a little marmite on. They're hungry little things, starving hungry, but we don't want to overfeed them. Each tank has a favoured spot, usually one particular corner. I'm hoping they survive the rest of this week, and then we can transfer them back to the wild.

    I'm gutted I didn't do anything sooner. We'd been watching the pond disappear and hadn't seen any movement or sign of tadpoles for a week or so. The pond's been nothing but a mud hole for about 4 days now. I thought all the tadpoles had grown up and gone!
    The photos are from when they all raced to the top for feeding time :)

    The video's really poor quality, but you can see the little nibblers work at it!
    http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii264/Red_Jellybean/?action=view¤t=DSCF2378.mp4&newest=1
      tadpole8.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2011 6:29pm (May 5th 2011)
     
    Well rescued, Red; you'll have to sneak about at dead of night tipping them into ponds for miles around!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2011 10:39pm (May 5th 2011)
     
    Well done Red! I wouldn't have known what to do, and most people wouldn't have done anything. Let's hope we have a good overnight downpour to fill the pond up again and then you can return them to it, otherwise you'll have to scout the area for suitable sites! Is there a benefit to having frogs in the garden? Just wondered if it was worth posting on freecycle or something offering them for domestic ponds!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2011 11:00pm (May 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well it's raining tonight alright!

    I was wondering, does anyone know if tadpoles / frogs can live in slow flowing water? The stream has deep pools in (Kasper swims in them) where the water barely moves, so I was wondering if that'd be okay? Wouldn't want the ducks getting them though...
    :face-plain:

    Can hardly have 150 frogs hopping about the flat though, Lyle's already said we're not allowed to put them in the bath tub, the meanie!! :laugh:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2011 1:47pm (May 6th 2011)
     
    Well done you.. As Kate says most people would not even have thought to look and even if they did, they'd have just walked away.
    I think Kate's idea of postingon Freecycle is a good one. Maybe some people with pons in gardens might benefit from it. I know for sure that if I had a garden pond, I'd have said that I'd come and collect a few straight away.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2011 2:57pm (May 6th 2011)
     
    I think a gentle atream should be fine, especially if there are 'pools' of stillish water.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2011 11:34am (May 7th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, we released them today!

    We put most of them in the canal / stream / river, just opposite the dried up pond they were rescued from. Although there's a current it's quite slow-moving and there are pools of still water. It was very cute as we could see them all in the shallow bits hiding amongst the rocks, I tried to get some photos of them all in the wild but all you could see was the reflection of the sky on the water.

    All the taddies had grown in size, and three of them were even miniature frogs (with tails!) that could survive out of water! We had a count up before we released them too, we got 178!

    We kept five of them, the tiniest ones. They were very inactive and not really thriving, so we thought we'd give them some special TLC. They're called Max, Roxy, Rio, Goofy and Layla :)

    Their last feed:
    http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii264/Red_Jellybean/?action=view¤t=DSCF2429.mp4&newest=1

    And halfway to home!
    http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii264/Red_Jellybean/?action=view¤t=DSCF2431.mp4&newest=1

    Some photos...
      tadpole17.jpg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2011 11:42am (May 7th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And here's the little taddies :)
      tadpole23.jpg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2011 10:59pm (May 7th 2011)
     
    It is wonderful to see them in the different stages of development. Lets hope they don't all turn up in a few months time to thank you for saving them - 178 is a BIG number!! Well done again. xx
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2011 12:34pm (May 8th 2011)
     
    Oh Red bless you girl,:043: what next? I love frogs and you have rescued them, what a sterling effort.
    You and Lyle need to live on a larger property and just have lots of everything!!!! :045:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2011 3:59pm (May 8th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks both - TM, that's our dream! A nice bit of land where we can have lots of various rescue animals. Kate, we're hoping that they'll return to the spot where they hatched and not our flat, haha!

    The five who are still with us are doing well. After 24 hours on their own they have begun eating and swimming about more, so hopefully they were just finding it tough competing for food with all the other bigger tadpoles.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2011 9:12pm (May 8th 2011)
     
    Yes, that's quite likely Red, so you've given them a much better chance than they'd have had in the wild.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2011 10:37am (May 9th 2011) edited
     
    I hooted at the list of names for the taddies !!
    Frogs are great in the garden/allotment as they devour the snails (sorry).
    They do go back to where they were laid/hatched next season, so I think your flat will be safe from invasion - assuming you are still there.

    Well done. Even if they get now eaten by the birds etc., you have done your bit to keep the food chain going, which wasn't going to happen if you had left them in the shrinking mud.

    So Lyle has never had a bath/swim with wriggly creatures? He doesn't know what he's missing....
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2011 12:53pm (May 10th 2011)
     
    Red, just imagine...178 princes turning up at your door. I think Lyle would not speak to you for a bit. :face-smile:

    There again, if each prince gave you just 1 acre of land as a thank you for saving his life, you'd be able to have your own wildlife park and then I'm sure both you and Lyle would be very happy.
    See, you never know.....what if they do turn into princes. :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2011 10:48pm (May 10th 2011)
     
    Isn't there something about kissing them first???
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2011 11:04pm (May 10th 2011)
     
    178 adoring and adorable frogs or 178 men incapable of looking after themselves and expecting everything to be done for them...? Hmmm, difficult one - NOT! :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2011 8:30am (May 11th 2011)
     
    Maybe we'll miss out on the kissing bit and just let things be....

    I rather prefer frogs too. :frog2:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2011 12:48pm (May 11th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I LOVE frogs!! Would love to have two pet froggies in a massive aquarium one day :)

    Was speaking to one of my friends last night about an aquarium he has with two turtles in. He keeps adding to it; there's now two pond fish, a star fish and a cleaner shrimp in there, two castles, one cave and a sunken ship!!! It sounds awesome and I've asked for photos :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2011 1:13pm (May 11th 2011)
     
    Hmmm....true about the princes, it'd take ages to kiss 178 taddys but think of all that land. :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2011 4:19pm (May 11th 2011)
     
    Yes, somewhere to bury the bodies...:tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2011 10:27pm (May 11th 2011)
     
    I'd rather have the frogs than the men too - much more useful!! And if you get fed up of them you can just drop them off in the nearest pond. Do that to a man and the police might just have a few questions for you ... !
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2011 1:23pm (May 12th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rofl:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2011 12:41pm (May 13th 2011)
     
    Easy, if you get questioned by the police, just say that it where you found him and that is where you were returning him. :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2011 1:51pm (May 13th 2011)
     
    Ooo, tempting!!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2011 8:11pm (May 15th 2011)
     
    My Koi ate all our frog spawn. I wasn't bendy enough to save any this year. Still the Koi are looking real good !!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2011 7:16pm (May 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    All the tadpoles are now back in the wild :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2011 3:57pm (May 17th 2011)
     
    Hooray! Well done, Red.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2011 9:34pm (May 18th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm expecting to see lots of adult frogs in the pond next year, and expecting five of them to run up to me when I call their names :wink:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2011 1:09pm (May 19th 2011)
     
    Red, I bet you they will. :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2011 10:16pm (May 19th 2011)
     
    Ha ha that would be a sight to see Red.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2011 12:49pm (May 20th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I could have them all trained to walk behind me...mind you not sure what the dog would think of that!!