Last known rare frog ‘Toughie’ dies in Atlanta leading to extinction of species

last-known Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frogs

The Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog is now officially an extinct species after the last known frog named Toughie belonging to the same species died last week at the Botanical Garden on September 28.

As per the official record, Toughie was the last known frog belonging to Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree species which was kept under supervision. Many environmental enthusiasts alleged that the 12-year-old animal died due to human negligence causing the extinction of one more species.

The species was first recognised back in 2005 when Dr. Joseph Mendelson and a team of colleagues were conducting their research in amphibians and their population in Panama.

Only two known Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frogs existed on Earth till 2012 when one died in Atlanta. Henceforth, only one known Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog was present on Earth.

“It’s a sad day here at the Garden as we mourn the loss of our beloved Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog. He was the last documented member of a species relatively new to science. Found in Panama on an expedition to save animals from a deadly disease, our dear Rabbs’ frog was estimated to be about 12 years old. He will be missed by Garden staff and visitors alike,” said officials from Atlanta Botanical garden.

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Kanishk Singh

Kanishk Singh, co-founder, and editor-in-chief at The TeCake, has forayed in the Science and Space for over five years, he enjoys his stint as an editor of several local magazines. He has written several editorials and high-level documentations.

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