Huong Ngo

By Huong Ngo

LifeBuzz Staff

The Frog-Log Saves Wildlife From Drowning In Swimming Pools.

What better way to spend hot summer days than in your own backyard pool? However, what many people don't know until after they own a pool is that small creatures often fall into them and sometimes die from drowning. This is especially true for small wildlife creatures like frogs and chipmunks.

And although, we can't physically be there at the pool to help out a drowning critter whenever they fall in, we can help out by providing a tool to assist them in getting out! Rich Mason has invented the FrogLog — an inflatable platform that you attach to the edge of your pool to help any animals in need find a way back onto land.

Having a swimming pool in your own backyard has its perks in the summer but also a couple of downfalls.

Pools are actually a death trap for small animals in your backyard. Thanks to Rich Mason there is now an invention called the FrogLog that'll help save these helpless creatures.

The invention idea came to Mason after some friends told him about discovering dead frogs in their pool.

“In June of 2004, good friends who had recently built an in-ground swimming pool on their wooded lot near Baltimore, Maryland, called to let me know frogs were dying in their pool,” he wrote on his official website.

Because Mason is a wildlife biologist, he would often receive phone calls from friends whenever they had wildlife-related problems.

“Because I’m a wildlife biologist, I’m the one who gets called when friends have snakes in their garage, that kind of thing,” Mason told The Dodo. “This friend was pulling out dead frogs every day from their pool … I was kind of shocked."

Mason was so shocked and concerned by what his friends found, that he decided to do something about it.

He created a life-raft that small creatures could climb onto from the pool if they ever became trapped.

Although frogs can leap and swim around, for some odd reason they can't get themselves out of pools.

Mason decided to start some research of his own. Instead of finding information on why animals get trapped so often in pools, he found several pool owners seeking desperately for advice on how to save the creatures drowning inside their pools.

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