A woman ran over a green frog and saved it
A frog run over by a lawnmower was flown across Queensland to save its life.
Min Tims was mowing the lawn outside her Mount Isa home in early April when she made the horrible realisation she had mown over the top of a green tree frog.
The frog's injuries were quite serious but he has since recovered well. Photo: Supplied
The distraught woman called her niece Felicia Morgan in Townsville. "She had rung me up devastated because she was mowing the lawn and didn't see the frog who was underneath and he got clipped behind his head," Ms Morgan said.
"She was devastated and asked if I could say prayers for him.
"She sent me a photo of him and then I was devastated and I knew he needed help so I told her to go to their first aid kit and get out gauze pad and wet it and put it on the wound. We were trying to work out what to do, we had never nursed a frog before."
Researching where to get help, Ms Morgan came across Frog Safe, a frog hospital in Cairns.
"I knew we were going to save him because he was a little fighter to begin with, he survived the first night," Ms Morgan said.
She contacted the hospital and co-ordinated with Frog Safe president Deborah Pergolotti to transport the injured frog from Mt Isa to Cairns.
"The frog needed to be packed up a particular way, had to get to the airport, we had to find out if the airport would be willing to carry the frog for us, we do not have that kind of money coming in the door to start paying for air cargo rates," Ms Pergolotti said.
"We needed the assistance of three different businesses to get the frog here.
"It was unbelievable co-ordination to be able to get the frog to us but he did eventually make it to Cairns and we picked him up from the airport."
The frog, believed to be about two or three years old, had "serious wounds" on his back and above his eye.
"As we were recovering the injury and getting all that cleaned up we discovered he had some internal parasites so that might have made him ill enough to be out on the lawn to begin with during the daylight hours," she said.
"He is an extremely lucky animal to have survived being run over by basically a blender on wheels and we paid a huge amount of attention to him but he has recovered very well.
"He has damage to one eye and we are not sure how much that will recover."
Ms Morgan said she had sourced an old fish tank and specific foods for the frog to eat during its transition process back into the wild.
"My Aunty is going to monitor him until he can make it back to the wild and because he is partially blind in one eye we need to make sure he gets his food and stays protected," she said.
Ms Pergolotti said the world needed more people like Ms Morgan and her aunt to help rescue native frogs which were in massive decline due to environmental factors.
"A lot of the public still doesn't realise that frogs can be assisted but there is a small subset that says 'Well, they are a native animal, someone needs to be dealing with this'," she said.
"They (frogs) are telling us what is wrong with the environment and they are telling us what is going on.
"They are ringing the alarm bell very loudly, they are in massive decline but officially we are still not paying attention."