This story may be somewhat gross for some people, but it was done with good intentions. Feel free to tell me if this was the right thing to do or not.
I went out to the pond to clear out the leaves and make sure the hoses were not freezing. When I opened the top of the waterfall enclosure I noticed that a Green Tree Frog was stuck to the side of the enclosure because his leg got caught in the lid. Clearly the leg had died, and Leecy thought the Frog was probably dead as well.
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know I have a habit of trying to rescue almost anything, this Frog would be no different.
The Frog was clearly freezing since the temperature was below freezing and it was probably getting splashed from the cold water flowing through the waterfall.
Leecy wanted to give up on the Frog, but not me. I brought the Frog inside where it was warm. I placed it in one of our Butterfly enclosures just to see if it would start moving and surprisingly it did.
The problem was the leg. It was just hanging there. The leg was broken. The Frog couldn’t tuck the leg under so it could jump.
I had Leecy grab the styptic powder and a pair of scissors. She amputated the damaged part of the leg. The Frog didn’t even flinch nor did it bleed.
Here’s a closeup picture of the amputated leg.
Here’s a picture of the Frog post leg amputation. I’m still not sure the rest of the leg isn’t damaged, but the Frog could jump (it took us a while to catch him right after this picture). I’ll keep it inside for the night, then try and release it tomorrow if I can find some semi-warm place for him to rest.
So did I do the right thing, or was this cruel?