“Seven new species of miniature frog, smaller than bumblebees, have been discovered clinging to survival on isolated mountaintops in Brazil. … The frogs, which are among the smallest land vertebrates, have evolved with fewer fingers and toes in order to reduce their size.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/04/seven-new-species-of-miniature-frogs-discovered-in-cloud-forests-of-brazil)
The frogs had hoped their reduced ‘footprint’ would escape the death knell of human notice.
“Research on elephant behavior has shown that playbacks of African bees can produce alarm calls and retreat in African elephants [and] frog playbacks [may] protect water towers, as frogs can reportedly get stuck in an elephant’s trunk while drinking.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0430-wildtech-hahn-elephant-warning-system.html)
I drink, as you know, through my nose;
I snort and then squirt like a hose.
But you’d say I’m drunk,
If I told you my trunk,
Holds a family of dope-flavoured toads.
“Although spring is generally arriving earlier, to receive a frogspawn sighting before winter has properly begun is highly unusual.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/news/press-releases/frisky-frogs/)
And once frozen, frogspawn makes great marbles.