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No, I don't really believe in "spirit" animals. In this humble blogger's opinion, there is no magical, psychic, connection between creatures that can't be explained as natural phenomena. No, you cannot read your cat's mind and your cat can't read yours. BUT, although I don't believe in spirit animals, I certainly believe in spirited animals, and a favorite, and henceforth, the mascot critter for "Do Ya Think" blog is the frog (toads are pretty nifty too!) I love frogs. Frogs are cool, or, if you're under age thirty, they're kewl. I mean really kewl. Unfortunately for us, like most amphibians, frogs are in trouble. They have suffered a world-wide decline in population. The exact reasons of the decline are a bit mysterious, but fungal disease, habitat destruction, global climate change, UV light, pollution, pesticides...the list goes on, all might contribute to them being endangered. Actually, not all frogs, notably the bullfrog, are in trouble, but, as a group things are pretty dire. But, I leave the gloom-and-doom scenarios to future posts. For, now let us celebrate the anurans with a couple of videos which illustrate how truly cool (or kewl, if you prefer) that they truly are.
Scot Bastian Ph.D. is a scientist and artist who lives in Seattle WA.