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I just received a press release from the Humane Society that should cause us all to stop and think. We are urged to carefully consider the matter of pool safety for wildlife during the coming swim season. Here is a shocking quote:
“According to the most recent statistics, there are more than 8 million swimming pools in the U.S., and an estimated 1 of every 1,027 pets drown in pools each year. Yet, this tragic figure doesn’t account for the tens of thousands of wild animals that suffer the same fate.
For example, think of a small frog that jumps in for a refreshing swim but finds the water’s surface too far below the pool’s edge to crawl out, or a field mouse that leans over the edge for a quick sip only to fall in and swim around until exhausted.”
I just know I won’t be able to sleep tonight for thinking about those poor frogs and field mice. So if you have a pool and don’t want to live a life of tragedy and guilt, here are some things you can do to protect wildlife.
1. Post signs that say, “Not responsible for tiny rodents and amphibians. Swim at own risk.”
2. Hire a certified Life-Frog trained in CPR.
3. Place life preservers made from tiny rings of styrofoam attached to dental floss around the pool in case of emergency.
4. Do not permit frogs and mice to swim without proper supervision.
5. As a last resort, lower the water level in your pool to one inch.
Don’t let an innocent frog croak!!!