Cape Town frog sounds like pokemon on helium
This may be what it sounds like when a frog has a frog in its throat. Actually, it is the defensive cry of what's being billed as the "world's cutest frog":
Cape frog a squeaking star
Link to soundtrack under comments here.
A 30-second YouTube video shot in the Northern Cape of the “world’s cutest frog”, and its unusual squeak, has had over 3 million hits since it was uploaded just over a week ago – catapulting the creature and its photographer into the limelight internationally.
Durban photographer and reptile breeder Dean Boshoff, 27, photographed the tiny desert rain frog last month while on a camping trip in the Northern Cape.
Boshoff said he found the frog, endemic to a coastal strip of land about 10km wide in Namibia and South Africa, while walking in the sand dunes. It is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.
IOL reports the small, plump species is easily recognisable by its bulging eyes, short snout, short limbs and, of course, its unusual squeak.
The video shows the puffed-up frog in defence mode, emitting a high-pitched squeak, which was what first caught Boshoff’s attention.
A grook ("gruk" in Danish) is a form of short aphoristic (a succinct statement expressing an opinion or general truth) poem, characterized by irony, paradox, brevity, precise use of language, sophisticated rhythms and rhymes and often satiric in nature. It was invented by the Danish poet and scientist Piet Hein. He wrote over 7,000 of them, most in Danish or English, published in 20 volumes. Some say that the name is short for "GRin & sUK" ("laugh & sigh" in Danish), but Piet Hein said he felt that the word had come out of thin air.
Taking as his first weapon the instrument with which he was most familiar, the pen, he wrote and had published his first "grook" (gruk in Danish). It passed the censors who did not grasp its real meaning.
Losing one gpoems/love'>love
is certainly painful,
compared to the pain,
of losing one,
throwing away the other,
the first one again.
The Danes, however, understood its importance and soon it was found as graffiti all around the country. The deeper meaning of the grook was that even if you lose your freedom ("losing one glove"), do not lose your patriotism and self-respect by collaborating with the Nazis ("throwing away the other"), because that sense of having betrayed your country will be more painful when freedom has been found again someday.
Footnotes are valid. With some poems, it increases the understanding and, therefore the enjoyment of the poem, if the background against which a poem was written, is understood.
Try and try again if you must,
but then you should give up.
No one is going to join you
at your well laid table to sup.
© 2013 Suzette Crous