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How Elephants Help Frogs

It's not really a symbiotic relationship, since the frogs don't particularly help the elephants back, but have you ever thought about how elephant prints help other animals? I've read about how elephants eat so much grass that their droppings make great recycled paper; in fact, I bought some for my teen once and they loved it. It turns out that the footprints left behind by elephants are extremely helpful for another animal--frogs!

Frogs to Meet Before Their Extinction

As more frog species die out, we have fewer chances of seeing these incredible creatures before they're gone for good. Nat Geo has a great video featuring some of the frogs that you'll want to take a look at before they're gone for good, mostly due to the chytrid fungus that's resulting in a mass extinction of frogs worldwide. It's not really a great video, is it?

Frogs' Brains May Be More Complex

Up until now, we've always assumed that only mammals and birds utilize mental mapping, placing us at the highest order of thought within the animal kingdom. It's an idea that reinforces how much we "deserve" to be at the top of the food chain, especially to those of us who eat meat, pollute (who doesn't do that?) and understand what we've done to this poor planet. Every day more insight into various species unveils how wrong we are about so many things, and the limitations we perceive regarding animal thought processes continue to crack on a daily basis as new research emerges. 

The Chytrid Fungus Isn't In New Guinea

Most frog lovers know about the deadly chytid fungus that has been wiping out frog populations in various parts of the world, and its devastation seems inevitable. It's already destroyed at least 90 species and has lowered the population of 500 others. Scientists have been trying to combat the terrible disease without much luck, but now they may have some news that could help them out.

Diseases Frogs Can Give Humans

As much as we adore our animal companions, we have to admit that they don't come without their own risks. Most of the time, if we are decent animal caregivers, we can avoid these risks, but sometimes we can't. Giving dogs and cats innoculations, for example, not only keeps them healthier, but us, too--rabies vaccines are for humans as much as they are for dogs. 

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