Most of us dream of having a swimming pool. It would be blissful in the summer months, and a beautiful place to relax with friends. However, sometimes pools aren’t as fun as they seem. Unfortunately, pools are death traps for small animals. However, one man’s invention is looking to change that.
Rich Mason is a wildlife biologist and pool-owner. Many of his friends also own pools. One morning, he woke up to a horrific discovery.
“One morning, after a warm rainy night, an astonishing 53 frogs and toads were found in the pool,” he said. “I spoke with other friends with swimming pools who also said frogs are regularly found in their pools. In addition to frogs, there was the occasional mole, mouse, baby bird, opossum, turtle, salamander, squirrel, bat, chipmunk, and more.”
The poor animals had no chance. However, he put his creative mind to work and came up with an invention, the FrogLog. A floating ramp that lets small animals pull themselves out of pools, it is genius!
Mason spent “hundreds of hours of research, product development, and testing in many different swimming pools”. However, his work was all worthwhile, as the resulting invention will save thousands of lives.
A woman in Canada wrote to him to tell her story. She was initially sceptical, “but then I saw a baby Eastern fox snake use it to get out of our pool. This snake is an endangered species and protected under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act. I just wanted to let you know and say thank you.”
The FrogLog is saving animal lives everywhere, and Mason’s kind invention is a hit!
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