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Kind Human Holds Bottle Cap Filled with Water up for Hot Little Tree Frog

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Humans are gifted with animals that roam the earth.

While some animals are 20 times stronger than us and have sharp teeth, others are small and furry and have floppy ears.

I think it’s safe to say we can all agree that if it were just humans roaming the earth, we would go a little bit crazy. It’s nice to have a furry member of the family to keep you smiling and sane — like one family’s pet dog that looks exactly like a stuffed animal.

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And even still, we have hundreds of other categories of animals that we could name. But we all know about the green, and often slimy, web-toed creatures that like to hop around ponds and in trees. When we’re young, we learn they say “ribbit” instead of speak English.

Frogs are supposed to be small and jumpy. Unless you’re the Texas hunter who caught what is said to be a 13-pound bullfrog. That’s not so tiny and cute.

But we have to admit, there are adorable little jumpy creatures, and they’re called tree frogs.

Tree frogs can be so small that they could fit on the tip of your finger. These interesting creatures are often a bright green and have forward-facing eyes that are quite large for their miniature bodies, which make them all-the-more adorable. But don’t be fooled — those eyes make them skillful hunters at night.

While we love to admire the adorable qualities of frogs, they are also quite different than humans.

For one thing, they don’t drink water like we do. Instead of drinking water through their mouths, frogs absorb water through the underbelly of their skin, as well as the underside of their thighs.

One kind passerby took full advantage of this neat little fact about frogs, and he made a tiny friend while doing it.

On a hot summer day, one man spotted a bright green tree frog trying to hide under a small cement corner on a wall, trying to protect himself from the beating and blistering summer sun.

Instead of walking by with a little sigh of an “awww,” he decided to make a small difference in the tree frog’s day.

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He filled a water bottle cap up with cool water and slowly approached the miniature creature without frightful hesitation.

He held the cap below the little frog for a few seconds, and the little guy plopped right into the water bottle cap to get a drink of water on a hot day.

The tree frog moved around a bit, evidently enjoying the fresh splash of water that he so desperately needed.

Even the smallest deed for the tiniest creatures can make a splash of a difference. What a sweet gesture for this tree frog!

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Erin Shortall is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree at Grove City College. She has a passion for homeless ministry in her home city of Philadelphia, PA.
Erin Shortall is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree at Grove City College. She has a major in English, minors in both Writing and Communication Studies, and a Technical Writing concentration. She is currently working on designing and writing a book of poetry to financially support a new homeless ministry of Grove City, PA called Beloved Mercy Ministry. In her spare time, she loves to sing, play piano, exercise, traverse cities, and find the cutest coffee shops. She also has a passion for homeless ministry in her home city of Philadelphia, PA.
Birthplace
Philadelphia, PA
Honors/Awards
Scholarship of Academic Achievement and Moral Character
Education
Grove City College
Location
Grove City, PA
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
Visual Design, Document Design, Technical Communication, Literature, Computer Ethics




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