Swimming pools might be a fun place for us humans to hang out in the summer, but for small animals, it might mean death.
Maryland-based wildlife biologist Rich Mason noticed this unsuspecting death trap when his friends told him that they’ve been pulling out dead frogs in their pools. Shocked by this discovery, he did some research and found out that other creatures, such as mice and chipmunks, also suffered the same fate.
“Pretty much any animal that walks around a suburban neighborhood could fall into a pool eventually,” he told The Dodo.
So Mason decided to design a safety device that would help these animals climb out of the pool if ever they fall in.
Using a sewing machine and some scrap foam, he was able to make the FrogLog, an inflatable platform with a mesh skirt, a mesh ramp, and a weighted pouch that keeps it secure to the pool’s edge.
His first trials saved more than 50 frogs, and soon, it was saving other animals – like snakes, lizards, and ducklings – in pools all across North America. It has received praises from concerned pool owners everywhere.
“It was such a relief to not find dead frogs in the pool’s filtration basket, or floating on the surface,” one user said. “I also had a resident bullfrog who lived comfortably in the pool, would haul out on the FrogLog for a rest, and use it to get into and out of the pool whenever he wished.”
Another added: “I had my doubts when my husband ordered this, but then I saw a baby Eastern fox snake use it to get out of our pool. This snake is an endangered species.”
Every animal, big or small, deserves a chance to live. And now thanks to FrogLog, much more will.
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