Sunday 24 September 2017

Charles 'touched' by frog honour

An Ecuadorian stream frog which has been named Hyloscirtus princecharlesi in honour of the Prince of Wales
An Ecuadorian stream frog which has been named Hyloscirtus princecharlesi in honour of the Prince of Wales

If you went to kiss a newly discovered species of frog it probably would not turn into a prince, but it would have royal connections.

A rare species of Ecuadorian stream frog has been named Hyloscirtus princecharlesi in recognition of the Prince of Wales's efforts to safeguard the world's rainforests.

And Charles said he will now have to battle even harder in his conservation work following the unusual honour.

Posing for photos with a number of schoolchildren and a glass replica of the frog on his shoulder, he also joked "the things I do for frogs".

The Prince was presented with a commemorative gold medal along with the brown and orange frog replica by the Ecuadorian scientist who discovered the amphibian.

Charles said: "I'm very touched. It's very nice. I have a lump in my throat, it must be a frog."

"That's wonderful, I will treasure that," he said about the glass frog. "I shall battle even harder now."

Dr Luis A Coloma discovered the brown-coloured amphibian with large orange blotches four years ago among preserved museum specimens. The academic later took part in an expedition to a national park in his homeland and found three live adults and some tadpoles.

Charles met Dr Coloma at an environmental-themed workshop the prince was hosting for young schoolchildren from across the country at Highgrove, his Gloucestershire home.

Dr Coloma said: "I think he was very happy with the name and especially to see such a beautiful frog have his name."

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