Saving icky nature

August 18, 2010


I am such a hypocrite. I love animals so much, but not enough to stop eating them, or save them from death with my actual hands. Blech.

We have a window well at school that stupid toads like to jump into, then get stuck. I’ve bought a couple of cheap plastic window-well covers over the years, but the Nebraska winds eventually rip them away and ship them off to Iowa.

I’ve asked brave students or adults to rescue the lost amphibians, but on the weekends, there’s no one around for that. I certainly can’t touch them myself. I’ve tried to put a bucket down there and shout, “Jump inside! I’ll take you to safety!”, but apparently these toads don’t speak English.

The solution? A ramp.

It's like a video game idea or something.

I believe it worked. There were four little toads in here pre-boards, zero post-boards.

Either that, or the wind got ’em.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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9 Responses to “Saving icky nature”

  1. Brad Said on:

    If you put a snake down there I would think you’d never see any toads.


  2. Peggy Said on:

    Lauren, you’re my hero! What a SUPER GREAT idea!

    And you can be sure it worked because look what someone captured on film in Seward the other day (the 4th one was too shy to be on camera). I’m pretty sure they’re singing about you!


  3. Karla Said on:

    I’m alergic to toads. I’m with Brad and say go with the snake.


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