Sir David’s magic touch gets frogs a ‘tad’ excited
Thursday 30 October 2008
He’s often thought of as a god in the natural world and a recent visit by Sir David Attenborough to ZSL London Zoo seemed to prove it!
After his visit to the Zoo’s Reptile House keepers were surprised to find some welcome new additions to one of the amphibian exhibits.
Eight mission golden-eyed tree frogs, which have been at the Zoo for nearly three years with no love action, mated during his visit and produced between 40 and 50 tadpoles – much to the delight of keepers.
Keepers had tried a number of different methods to encourage the frosty frogs to be friendlier- but nothing seemed to work. Although Sir David’s visit and the mating of the frogs is a surprising coincidence, keepers believe the frogs finally mated because of a humidifier in their new tank.
Ironically Sir David was there to host a conference about the threat of extinction to the world’s amphibians. The stripy frogs were placed in a new exhibit to coincide with the well-loved broadcaster’s visit and, after trying to breed them for three years, keepers were amazed that one look from Sir David seemed to get them in the mood.
George Sunter, a keeper in the Zoo’s Reptile House said: “It is really exciting that we have bred these frogs for the first time. It’s a great coincidence that we moved them to time in with Sir David’s visit – and that this seems to have moved the earth for them.”