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FrogLog Is The Goofy-Looking Invention Saving Animals From Drowning

First world problem alert: if you're a pool owner, you've likely come across a floating dead critter once or twice. Your pool is supposed to be a source of fun, not a death trap for wild animals. That's where FrogLog comes in.

RIP: Ribbits In Pools

Wildlife biologist Rich Mason began getting concerned calls from friends in 2004. Pool-owning buddies were stressed over repeatedly finding dead frogs in their pools, naturally turning to Mason for animal advice. After doing some research, Mason was pretty surprised to find that pool-owners everywhere were asking for help on the same issue. The problem exists because once animals accidently or purposely leap into a pool, there's no way for them to crawl back out. "I said, 'OK, let's see if we can come up with something to fix this problem,'" Mason told The Dodo. "I bought some foam and made more devices and got feedback from more friends."

Thus, FrogLog was born. The website describes it as a "critter saving escape ramp." The invention is a semi-circular mat that floats near the perimeter of your pool, with a mesh ramp jutting out of the middle and onto shore. Netting surrounds the mat in the water, making it easy for small creatures to climb aboard and cross the bridge to safety. Ta-da!

Okay, But What's In It For ME?

Though frog is in the name, FrogLog can help any critter under one pound adrift in your backyard pool. According to its website, the device works for squirrels, chipmunks, lizards, snakes, birds, bats, ducklings, mice, toads, salamanders, bats, and insects. Yes, FrogLog could make your pool a less buggy place. And while saving animals is fine and great and all that, FrogLog means a whole lot less pool maintenance for you to do. Having four fewer frog cadavers to fish out of your skimmer every week doesn't sound too shabby. Everyone lives, and everyone wins.

FrogLog: Animal Escape Ramp for Swimming Pools

Written by Curiosity Staff July 25, 2017

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