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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • 7-legged frog found south of Newburg

  • A seven-legged frog was recently found southeast of Newburg.
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  • A seven-legged frog was recently found southeast of Newburg.
    Phyllis Blackwell, with the teacher education department at Missouri University of Science and Technology, said one of her friends, who wished to remain anonymous, found the frog last week near a well house on County Road 7440, near Highway W and the Little Piney Creek.
    The frog, which has been nicknamed “Mr. Hopper” by Blackwell, was donated to the university.
    Blackwell was put in touch with Dr. Yue-Wern Huang, professor of biological sciences at S&T and environmental toxicologist, to find out more about the frog.
    The exact species of the frog is unknown at this time, and according to Huang, there could be several reasons why the frog has three legs too many.
    “Possible environmental factors conjectured by scientists include water pollutants and trematodes (parasites),” said Huang. “Scientists also were aware that it was difficult to draw a definitive conclusion of an increasing trend of deformity in frogs as there was no historic data to compare against.”
    According to Huang, in the 1950s amphibian biologists had documented that the natural occurring rate of deformity in frogs is about 3 percent in a population.
    Blackwell has donated the frog to Andrew Lott, a biology/teacher education graduate of the S&T program, who teaches science at the Newburg R-2 schools.
    “Mr. Hopper gives new meaning to the term ‘high five,’ ” said Blackwell.

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