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Hello Again, Bornean Rainbow Toad! July 16, 2011

This bejeweled toad, feared extinct since 1924, appears to us once more!

According to Discovery News, the endangered spindly-legged Sambas Stream Toad, a.k.a. Bornean Rainbow Toad (Ansonia latidisca) was last seen 87 years ago in 1924.

“Prior to this recent sighting, only illustrations of the mysterious, long-legged toad existed, after collection by European explorers in the 1920s.  Because of this, scientists believed that chances of finding the species alive were nearly impossible and it was listed as one of the “World’s Top 10 Most Wanted Lost Frogs.”

The toad was found in the remote Gunung Penrissen mountains of Western Sarawak, which form a natural boundary between Malaysia’s Sarawak State and Indonesia’s Kalimantan Barat Province on the island of Borneo. The value of such wild corridors should not be underestimated. If not for the place, this toad (and who knows how many other species?) would likely never have been seen again. And amphibians are critically important to healthy ecosystems.

Dr. Indraneil Das of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, touched to find this toad once more, reminds us, “Thrilling discoveries like this beautiful toad… remind us that nature still holds precious secrets that we are still uncovering.” Then, lest listeners discount the find as trivial, this scientist, no doubt thinking about the incredibly enmeshed interdependency of this planet’s natural systems, added: “Their benefits to people should not be underestimated.”

(Thanks to Jamie K. Reaser for bringing this to my attention.)

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  16. Hey Tina,
    “Then, lest listeners discount the find as trivial, this scientist, no doubt thinking about the incredibly enmeshed interdependency of this planet’s natural systems”. Not a Mondegreen, but why do you suppose the “listeners” reach what some may call altered conclusions?

    Maybe it’s not homophony, but there is certainly misinterpretation? Maybe it’s “cause” fatigue or “didn’t I give money to save Wolves last week; Only to find those rescued and now thriving are being shot again?”. Truly, this has happened to myself and rendered me completely divorced from it all. Yes, I shouldn’t be emotive about these things. After all, we can’t even decide how many extinctions have occurred or if we had anything to do with it. (I’m all scrappy tonight). Not to mention the deluded within Faith based Organizations asking for assistance with spreading a codependent, psychologically obstructive message that undermines Individual Liberty and personal evolution. It’s “Cause” fatigue for sure. (yes, I will go to bed without my snack and remind myself that mindfulness is not a cause; It’s a state of being that must be nourished). Y’know, not for nothing, I was telling Shehy that on our walk just last night. He may be a dog, but he does listen (ha ha). What was Transformative in that conversation was the idea that things shouldn’t feel like a chore. Yet, the resonance and pain make everything a chore and dismally without affect. It just isn’t my nature to be so miserable.

    Y’know, Ice is melting in Greenland, deep water convection has changed, Farms in Northern California have no water and by the way there is “no climate change”. Mondegreen? Selective homophony? and I need to apply constructive, solution based thought processes to my disconcerted feelings. —–I’m trying.

    Although, Mondegreen does exist. When I was a kid, I constantly phonetically rearranged what I thought I was hearing while gleefully bursting into song; It didn’t help my relationship with my older brother, he had a knack for pointing it out by farting on my head. Bawahahaha Total SCHMUCK, but he’s my brother.

    Thanks,
    Gavin

    I guess I could add something suggestive here regarding homophony, as I am Gay. But, I’ll just preoccupy myself with figuring a way to justify my snack secondary to my acknowledged state of mindfulness. Positive reinforcement and subconscious anchoring! The snack is mine! Ha ha..

    Goonie forever! (I wonder if that is ok at 51)


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