Sunday, 19 January 2014

The time a frog got stuck on my face...

Restrained to a small Scottish island for the time-being, I've been having a think back to some of my most ridiculous travel experiences. This is certainly one of them...

It was 2008- aged sixteen and out of Europe for the first time in my life, it was understandable that an expedition into the Honduran rainforest was pretty exciting for me. I'd been saving for over a year and couldn't sleep for weeks before we left, so by the time we had actually arrived in the jungle, I was practically uncontainable.


Look how excited I was by these creatures...


"Oh wow! So many bees! Fascinating! I'll just let them buzz all around me as I take this photo!"



Every new bug was photographed, long, sweaty treks were greeted with boundless enthusiasm and (to my regret) this frog was so interesting that I just had to have a closer look....



...and then it looked at me...



The next thing I knew, it was flying through the air and landing with a splat onto my cheek! I tried to prize it off but its little feet were clinging onto my skin- two of his toes were poking into my mouth. 

"Don't hurt it!" cried the sympathetic, but slightly hysterical researchers we were supposed to be 'assisting'.

I was stumbling around, bent in two with a combination of laughter and panic, until I eventually managed to wiggle my two fingers under the frog's slimy belly and un-stick him. Maybe I imagined the slurping sound as he reluctantly gave up his sticky grasp?

Anyway, that was the last time I looked an amphibian in the eyes.



Honduras is beautiful though- you should go!

5 comments:

  1. I don't want to spoil your excitement,but you do know we have bees, frogs, slugs, caterpillars, spiders, beetles and butterflys in the UK, don't you? ;-) Blondie xxx

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    1. Unfortunately I've not been able to maintain quite that level of excitement over the years. I might be pretty unbearable if I had! xxx

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  2. Wow, that frog either liked you or attacked you... I don't believe it would attack something 1000 times bigger than itself so I'd go with the first idea...

    To Anonymous... I don't know,but I think those UK animals you're referring to might just be a tad smaller and less colorful than down here. I have been living in Brazil for the past 5 years and coming from Belgium... well... It is different indeed :)
    Cheers

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    1. Ha ha! Yeah, I hope it liked me! It might have been annoyed with the flash though!

      Cheers for the comment :)

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  3. HAHAHA that's awesome, the little guy liked ya! You should have had one of them snap a photo before you pried it off :)

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