Nature red in tooth and claw…

[…with ravine – see Canto LVI]

For about 4 weeks we have had a frog in our back yard.

When I first heard it, I convinced myself that it must be a drip from a blocked/rusted gutter, now (after many requests over about a year) replaced by the landlord. Then one evening D came up to me, smiling, and asked, “Did you know there is a frog in the back yard?”

We were both delighted. Here in deepest inner-suburbia such touchs of ferae naturae are rare. D reckoned it was somewhere in the thicketed base of the laurel tree next to the fish pond. We never saw it. We listened enchanted to its call – more an intermittent burp than a croak.

Sadly and predictably, its song betrayed it. A neighbouring cat, a persistent hunter, was shooed away from the thicket but must inevitably have returned. For 2 nights now no frog has been heard. We’d like to think it has moved on, but we know better.

I admit, it’s pretty rich of me to regret this. I am happy when the cats catch rats, and our own species is predator and destroyer numero uno. Still, we felt a loss.

2 Responses to “Nature red in tooth and claw…”

  1. Legal Eagle Says:

    My daughter found a frog in a bucket out the back of our house. At first we didn’t believe her – but yes, there it was, a little browny-gold frog. We were delighted. We live right next to a little stream, so we get lots. I love them, so I can understand your disappointment.

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