The last wild golden frog
waves* from its rock
to attract a mate.
The biologist stops
and picks it up. She wishes
she could leave it here,
remembers the care needed
years ago to avoid crushing frogs
with every step along this river
but now a deadly fungus
advances, will reach this valley soon
and the frogs have no chance.
The biologist adds the frog
to her collection and walks down
the now less golden hill.
In the frog hospital
the last golden frogs in the world
sit in cages and wave.
* the male golden frog waves a front leg to attract a mate and to warn off other males.
2008 is the International Year of the Frog.
Many species of frogs and toads around the world are threatened with extinction. You can read more about the problem and how you can help save the species concerned at Amphibian Ark (and follow the other links in the post too).