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Help a toad cross the road, nature experts urge

The Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) is warning drivers to look out for amphibians freshly awake in the warm weather, DAP representative Maija Rēna said March 26.

Hundreds of toads die in road traffic accidents every year, by no fault of their own, despite their total ignorance of traffic regulations.

Indeed, according to DAP zoologist Vilnis Skuja, toad migration paths formed thousands of years ago. 

Thus their seasonal migrations comfortably antedate the invention of the internal combustion engine and, in theory at least, give toads a superior legal claim to right of way, could they but pursue that claim in a court of law. 

DAP has identified locations where road and toad traffic clash, and is looking for volunteers to help the amphibians cross. There is an outside chance such work might result in some toads turning into princes but a desire to help nature is probably a more honorable motive than wanting to marry into royalty, amphibian or otherwise.

To volunteer for the position of toad traffic regulator, interested individuals can write to [email protected] Locations are available on the DAP website and social media.

If you observe a toad crossing which is not yet identified by the DAP, you may inform them on the nature observation website Dabas dati. 

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