December 28, 2021
Many folks would be somewhat alarmed to find a tiny frog frolicking in their lettuce, but upcoming recording artist Simon Curtis has decided to quite literally embrace the unexpected discovery, reports NBC-TV’s Today show.
Curtis recently told his Twitter followers that he’d spotted an adorable little frog in the bottom of a container of romaine lettuce that had been sitting in his fridge for a few days. It was too cold at the time (27 degrees F) to release him outside, so Curtis turned to his social media following for advice on what to do next.
The 35-year-old singer and songwriter opted to put a few pieces of lettuce back into the container, gave the frog a Mason jar lid full of water, and sprayed the whole container down with water. He also gave him a name: Tony.
There’s one little problem, though — the frog is a bit of an escape artist and he’s been giving his new roommate a run for his money over the past few days.
Curtis bought Tony some food at a pet store to keep his belly full and confirmed with a biologist that he is a Green Treefrog.
Tony has had plenty of adventures in his new home in just a few days—including taking refuge among the shampoo bottles in Curtis’ shower.
After that escapade, Curtis decided to purchase Tony a “proper terrarium” at PetSmart and he asked his followers if he should keep him as a pet or release him into the wild (the majority have voted to keep him so far).
Only time will tell if Tony becomes a permanent resident in Curtis’ home, but the recording artist has learned one important lesson from this whole saga: Always check the lettuce box before you buy it.
As it turns out, though, finding a tiny creature in your prepared greens isn’t as rare as you might think. In 2019, researcher conducted a review of a 15-year period to see just how many “wild vertebrates” had been found in prepackaged produce during that time.
Amphibians and reptiles (tree frogs, toads, lizards and snakes) accounted for 30 of the 40 incidents and most of the critters were dead, with a few being alive. The rest were other types of animals (birds, rodents, and bats).
The tiny little frog that Curtis found in his lettuce is one of the lucky ones who made it out alive, and his new owner is thrilled that his followers are getting a kick out of Tony’s antics.
“The number of people being touched by Tony the tree frog’s story is really so moving to witness, and also a good reminder of just how much we all deserve kindness, no matter who, or what, we are,”
Research contact: @TODAYshow