Devoted African Bullfrog Dad Sees His Tadpoles In Trouble and Uses His Powerful Legs To Save Them

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When you think of African bullfrogs you probably don’t think of words like “cute” or “cuddly” or “nurturing.” After all, There’s something understandably a little unusual about a frog that weighs more than four pounds and can grow to be nearly a foot long!

Oh, and did we mention they’re aggressive?

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Photo Credit: YouTube

Or, what about the fact they have three canine-like teeth?

No, we’re not making that up. In addition to the teeth allowing them to ward off any potential predators, they use them to secure their grasp on potential prey. And, well, they also occasionally mistake human fingers for food when kept in captivity! No. We’re not making that up either.

Personally, I’m really torn regarding whether I classify an aggressive frog with teeth as super creepy or incredibly awesome!

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Photo Credit: YouTube

But they’re not all pent up aggression and razor sharp fangs. African bullfrogs are also surprisingly dedicated caregivers.

Take the male African bullfrog in the video below. When this devoted dad realizes his tadpoles are in trouble, he makes quick use of his incredibly powerful legs to do something surprising!

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He leaps into action and starts to dig an escape for all of his tadpoles. As the water began to evaporate from the little pool, he used his back legs to dig a channel to the main pond. “Down they swim” as the proud dad watches from the bank.

Talk about a fatherly instinct! Watch how he saved the day in the video below.

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