On our way to Bend, Oregon this past weekend, we had an unexpected hitchhiker. Imagine our surprise when a Pacific Tree frog jumped onto the dashboard from parts unknown. Actually, we think he burrowed into a bag that had been on our back patio - and inadvertently got smuggled into the car.
We wrestled with what to do with the little guy as we already miles from home. Do we release him somewhere and hope for the best? My husband raised concerns - after all, this frog has lived a sheltered life. A well-protected patio with big pots, planter boxes, and a fountain comprise his world.
Therefore, we decided to stop at an Ace Hardware store and pick up a temporary bin for the trip ahead. We added some flowers and a bit of water to his habitat and felt good about our decision. Once in Bend, we transferred the frog to another container and purchased some live crickets for his two day stay.
Happily, he seemed fine when we returned home yesterday. Carefully, we placed his plastic travel home on its side in a large potted Begonia plant. We watched like anxious parents until he leaped out to safety, hiding among large leaves. It’s good to know he’s out there, safely home - eating bugs and doing his usual froggy thing.