An RSPCA rescue had a ‘hoppy’ ending – after 12 frogs were rescued from the bottom of an 8ft-deep hole in a Nottingham garden.


The animal charity was contacted by the concerned caller who had noticed that there were a number of frogs at the bottom of the pit in his garden, who were all unable to get out.

RSPCA inspector Sarah Gardner went to the house in Bramcote Lane, Beeston, to free the amphibians, shortly after receiving the call on Thursday 28 September.


An hour later, a dozen frogs of all different shapes and sizes had been safely removed from the hole and released back in the wild – but it wasn’t an easy task.

Inspector Gardener said: “I had to climb down into the hole and try and catch each frog individually, but there was about two inches of water at the bottom so it was quite muddy and I had to keep looking out for the frogs poking their heads up.

“I had to try and not move my feet because every time I did, the water swelled and I’d lose sight of the frogs.

“It was also a challenge to get them into a box. The caller was waiting at the top of the pit with a box, and every time I had one in my hand, we had to quickly get them in the box – otherwise we’d have one frog going in the box and two others jumping out!

“But we did it, and the frogs were all safely released away from the hole. It was quite a funny job and in my 14 years as an RSPCA inspector, I’ve never done anything like it before!”

It is thought that the hole was once part of the house’s sewage system many years ago.

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