Mr. Toad's wild ride


Tiny toads, each only as big as a nickel, got a little help negotiating a bike trail at the Sunriver Resort in central Oregon. The Western toads were migrating from a man-made pond to a pine forest behind a line of condos. But first the little guys had to hop across an asphalt bike lane, and many were getting squished. Volunteers from a nature center came to the rescue, ferrying the toads in buckets across the path to relative safety. Some bicyclists and passersby also pitched in: “I had 16 in my hand,” boasted one child. Four years from now, reports the Oregonian, fully grown five-inch-long female toads will commute back to the lake to lay their eggs.

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