Posted: 30/10/2015 at 16:55
A couple of days ago, I found a mature frog laying on it's back just about 6 inches or so away from the pond wall. Dead I should mention !
Both forelimbs had been severed and half of one hind limb. That was the only damage. It wasn't emaciated and didn't appear to have anything obviously amiss with it's colouring or the general look of it. It COULD have been there for 24/36 hours before I found it but no longer than that.
This pm, I've just discovered another.......again laying on it's back but some 6 feet away from the pond.......more or less in the middle of an expanse of concrete. Again, it looked OK in general but both forelimbs severed close to the body. This one can only have occurred in the last few hours as I have been working in the garage/greenhouse/garden on and off all day and passed this spot several times.
Heron visits occasionally but not the culprit..........cats in garden sometimes but they receive pretty short shrift and haven't seen them in today. Gulls fly over regularly but never seen one land in the garden. Jackdaws and Crows also but they never stay close by when I'm in the garden. I can't quite figure why just the limbs are being eaten......I'm assuming they are as I can't find any "bits" laying about. Before anyone says "Frogs Legs", I no longer live in France
A lot of the Pond frogs (including tinies from this year ) are already dispersed around the garden. Several are still in the pond as I can either hear them groaning occasionally or can actually see them. I've no way of knowing whether the frogs in question were in or out of the pond when attacked.
Had there just been the one, I would have been puzzled but not too worried. Now I'm beginning to wonder what's going on.
The pond is not netted......too irregular a shape and too many tall plants growing in there to make it worthwhile faffing about. As well as the frogs, I have Fish, Newts, Pond Snails and a healthy population of beetles, dragon fly larvae, et.
Anyone got any explanation/ideas before I get too paranoid ?