Kids startled to find three-in-one frog.

God in frog form?Over in England some nursery school kids found what they thought was three frogs huddled together that turned out to be a single animal. The animal managed to escape before it could be examined more closely by biologists so it’s unknown if this is somehow three different tadpoles that managed to fuse or if it’s a result of problems from a single tadpole, but there’s some concern this could be an indicator of problems with the local environment. Frogs are often the first sign of ecological problems.

BBC NEWS | England | Somerset | Puzzle over three-headed frog

Laura Pepper, from the Green Umbrella nursery in Weston-super-Mare, said: “We thought it was three frogs huddled together at first.

“It is very strange. The children couldn’t believe it.”

Mike Dilger, from the BBC Natural History Unit, said: “I have never seen anything like this.

“Frogs are primitive animals – so the occasional extra toe is not that unusual. But this is very unusual.”

All the creature’s eyes and legs appear to function normally, but it is not known whether it eats using all three of its mouths.

Of course, this easily lends itself to jokes about God made manifest on Earth as a frog, but I can’t really come up with a good one at the moment as I haven’t had any caffeine yet today.

Update: Tried to find some more pics of this thing and came across this one at The Sun along with this slideshow of eight pics from Local 6.com that seems to support the idea that these froggies are fused together.

Finally, I present the following exchange this morning between JethricOne and myself via IM on this topical issue:

StupEvilBst: Coolness. I’ve actually been quite busy posting entries to my blog today.
JethricOne: Oh? I’ll have to go check it out..anything special?
StupEvilBst: Well, Dr. Gary Schwartz is at it again with a news item proclaiming proof of the afterlife. Martha’s net worth drops $85 million for being a criminal. And God manifests on Earth in the form of a frog in England.
StupEvilBst: That last one’s my favorite.
JethricOne: The three headed frog?
StupEvilBst: YEah. It’s GOT to be God. Three-beings-in-one! Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit all made manifest at once!!! IT’S A SIGN DAMMIT!
StupEvilBst: Especially when you consider the little bastard hopped off before anyone could nail his ass to a tree again. He’s not a STUPID deity by any stretch of the imagination.
JethricOne: Well, then..with logic like that you MUST be right! 😀

7 thoughts on “Kids startled to find three-in-one frog.

  1. Hate to potentially spoil a nice story, but what if evolution was helped along by Photoshop?

  2. That certainly is a possibility and it occurred to me while I was writing the story. The pic from the BBC I put up here is too small to really examine for trickery, but if it turns out the image is faked I’m sure the BBC will print a retraction before too long.

    Animals with multiple heads, legs, etcetera aren’t as uncommon as you might think so I’m willing to give this the benefit of the doubt for right now.

  3. Again, this is a possibility, but one would think that if these folks had picked it up and carried it around for awhile they’d have noticed if it was just three frogs humping in their hands.

  4. *shiver*

    It scares me for some reason. But, I guess if a human baby can be born with two heads, then three frogs is possible.

    I think it scares me because of thinking if it is caused by pollution, I pity anyone who is procreating near there.

  5. This is a disturbing trend that’s been documented worldwide.  Frogs and other amphibians are extremely sensitive to chemicals and bacteria in their environments, and these mutation stories have been popping up all over lately.  “Clean Water Act” anyone?

    WASHINGTON (AP)—Male frogs exposed to even very low doses
    of a common weed killer can develop multiple sex organs—sometimes
    both male and female—researchers in California have discovered.

    “I was very much surprised,” at the impact of atrazine on developing frogs,
    said Tyrone B. Hayes of the University of California at Berkeley.
    Atrazine is the most commonly used weed killer in North America, he said,
    and can be found in rainwater, snow runoff and ground water.

    “There is virtually no atrazine-free environment,” Hayes said.
    For the rest of this story, go here:
    http://www.organicconsumers.org/toxic/frogs042202.cfm

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