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  • For my birthday my boyfriend had gotten me 5 bullfrog tadpoles while he was working at a hatchery for class. They we adorable and one even had its back legs already. I knew they would be hard to keep and were very fragile, as most metamorphosing creatures were. I watched as they grew and evolved right in front of my eyes. Before I knew it, three had finished their arduous task and were fully formed frogs. The last two tadpoles were still growing and were the runts of the group.

    Once the frogs were ready and could handle their new limbs I released them into my grandma's small pond. They were eager to leave and explore their new environment. Grandma would let me know if she saw small frogs around the area I released them, a little sign that they were doing okay in their new home. After about a month the last two tadpoles began their change and became frogs as well, but these two were different. They had been with me the longest and must have gotten used to my voice and my constant checking up on them. They liked to be held and sometimes didn't want to be put back into their tank.

    The time finally came and they were ready to join their brothers and sisters back in the wild. They took a ride in the pitcher they came home in and stayed together as they always did. When it was time to put them in the pond I held them both, said goodbye and lowered them into the water. The smallest one paused, then jumped right in and hid in the algae waiting on her sister. The other did not want to leave my hand. I gave her a nudge into the water and she jumped in, stopped, turned around and took a leap towards me. She didn't want to leave at first and that small pause gave me mixed emotions. It made me sad to have to leave them but I was so happy that the connection I had made with these beautiful creatures wasn't just in my head. They were a big part of my life while I had them and I hope they continue to thrive so that I can watch them grow in their new environment.
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