Meet the newest Mutha Fudrucker:
(I’m pretty sure she is a girl because I haven’t heard any croaks or ribbits.)
This little Son of a B hitched a ride on one of my dumb canes when I brought my plants inside for winter. I didn’t notice her until about a month after she’d arrived. Initially I was a little worried that Hemo would pose a threat to her continued safety, as she (Hemo) was quite a tree-frog hunter in her younger days. She’d catch them on my apartment balcony and bring them inside (some still kicking feebly) to play with in the living room, abandoning them after she’d become bored and moved on other pursuits, such as knocking over water glasses or creating sand art with her litter.
My worries were unfounded, it seems, because Hemo cares not a whit for the frog. But THEN I started worrying that she would die of starvation, because (as far as I know) there are no crickets in the spare room. But she must be eating something because now it is March and she’s been here since November.
Usually she chills on the big broad leaves of the dumb canes. She used to switch it up; staying for a week or two on one dumb cane, then migrating across the table to the other. Now she just lives in one plant, but most morning she takes a dirt bath in the dying portulaca.
I don’t usually see her move – she’s a ninja like that. I just turn around, and BAM! she’s on a new leaf.
A few weekends ago it was beautiful outside – sunny and (kinda) warm. I moved her home plant to the front porch to give her a chance to get some direct sun, and even return to the wild, if she wanted. I observed her moving around the plant for a little bit, and when I went to bring the plant in as the sun was going down, I didn’t see her anywhere on the plant! I searched around the porch but didn’t see her. Part of me was sad, but part of me was kind of relieved. The responsibility for her well-being was really weighing heavily on me.
“Run free, little ninja frog,” I thought.
“Find a Mr. Ninja Frog and makes little Ninja Frog babies! It’s the circle of life!”
But Ninja Frog strikes again! That little frog was hiding amongst the leaves the whole time and hitched a ride back into the house. So now I think I’m stuck with her.