It's easy for most people to feel compassion for a cat or dog, but frogs tend to fly right under most humans' radars. Not so, however, for one Homer's Hero in Queensland, Australia.
Min Tims was mowing her lawn when she realized, to her horror, that she'd accidentally run over a green tree frog—a threatened species in Australia, their native home.
Tims initially called her niece for assistance when she realized what she'd done, but the network of helping hands it would take to bring off this miraculous rescue didn't end there.
They reached out to a frog rescue hundreds of miles away. Rex Airways agreed to fly the frog. And a group called Dogtrainers—who specialize in transporting dogs—helped the pair package the frog, navigate Australia's notoriously tough customs bureaucracy for transporting live animals, and found a courier company to take him the final leg of the 500-mile journey to Cairns. Staff from the Frog Safe animal hospital took it from there.
It takes a village to save a frog!
"We knew that he had an underlying condition because he was out on the lawn during the day, but the wound itself was also infected and the tissues above where the blade had skimmed over the shoulder bone were necrotic," Frog Safe president Deborah Pergolotti told The Dodo.
After easing the frog's initial pain, hospital staff worked to clear up the infected wounds. Only then did they realize that—in addition to his injuries—the patient was also afflicted with two internal parasites.
They were able to successfully remove those as well!
Today the frog is doing great, according to Pergolotti. "The wound has completely healed up and there is a bit of a scar there. His weight has picked up ... one extremely lucky frog indeed."
It may seem incredible that so many people would go to so much trouble to save one small creature. But Homer's Heroes know that every animal matters—no matter their size, shape, color, or species.
"Compassion and empathy for all is what the future of this planet is dependent upon," Pergolotti says. "If people can nonchalantly turn away from someone who needs help — including small animals — then we as a species may not deserve to be helped ourselves."
Pergolotti also points out how close so many of Australia's native species are to disappearing altogether, and how vital it is that we humans work together to keep that from happening.If you'd like to support Frog Safe and the work they do, consider making a donation here.