I have done articles before about frogs being found embedded in stones but I am still going to post this one as I never tire of them.
Sometimes it seems fairly clear how the frog managed to get into the position it is found in like these posts I have done in the past, a protoplasmic sandstone frog, and this frog who was cruelly sealed up in the cornerstone of a West Texas court house and released, still alive 31 years later.
This frog found inside a block of bluestone is an interesting one and one of those that doesn’t have enough details for us to make up our own minds as to whether the frog actually spent any length of time in the stone or just found its way in there last night.
We don’t hear about these kinds of things in the news anymore do we? I wonder if it means that the well of Frog in a Rock has dried up recently or if people are a little more likely to notice things like convenient cracks in those frog bearing rocks.
Perhaps it is because much of our digging is done by heavy machinery these days. Quarries throughout the world contain poor frogs that have spent eons awaiting rescue. Only seconds after they emerge, blinking in the light, a large tyre squishes them… 😉
Another suspect tradition. Imprisoning an innocent creature in the foundation of a new building. I know that various versions of throwing a human sacrifice into a hole before you started constructing a dwelling over the top of them had historically been thought to be standard building practice, but I didn’t think that this scaled down version of it would still be practiced as recently as the late 1800’s.
Usually when a frog or similar creature is found encased in stone the speculation is as to how it got in there. People aren’t usually aware of its presence and curious as to whether it is still alive.
I know that frogs can hibernate for extended periods of time, but 31 years? If the frog was placed in the cornerstone you would expect that would mean there was some type of opening for air and possibly water to keep the frog going. Although the revival of the frog sounds like the behaviour of an animal that is emerging from a period of hibernation I am doubtful that the frog was really there all that time.
If you have any stories of extended hibernation that might show me how wrong I am, please let me know!
When I was young my Aunty Audrey had a book that was a compilation of many Fortean type stories. That book, and a similar one in the library of my primary school, sparked my love of these types of tales. Aunty Audrey has been gone for years now and my sister and I both have a space on our shelf for this book and joint custody arrangements as we both love it.
That book had many stories of frogs found in sealed up in rocks and although very few of them have any credibility at all, I still love to hear about them.
This frog story has entertained me, the estimation of the age of the sandstone in the first paragraph was the first thing that amused me, but I loved Mr Hutton’s belief in the creation of the frog. According to him it became lodged in the sandstone in a protoplasmic state. I think he is suggesting that the frog egg somehow managed to get into the stone and then it grew from there. Sadly, and against all forms of reality, my brain heard ‘protoplasmic state’ and immediately bought to life a sort of animated jelly making its slimy way through the substance of the newly forming earth, looking for a comfortable place to nest. There it lurked until the day Mr Hutton got to the bottom of his goldmine and released it from its sandstone prison.
Both scenarios are equally likely, so believe whichever version you prefer, I am sure that the frog didn’t get under the sandstone slab during the night via the small crack in the floor.