`Extinct` frog hops back into northern Israel

A frog species believed to be extinct has hopped back into sight in northern Israel.

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2011, 09:49 AM IST

Jerusalem: A frog species believed to be extinct has hopped back into sight in northern Israel.

Omri Gal of Israel`s Nature and Parks Authority said Thursday the Hula Painted Frog was seen for the first time in 50 years this week. He said it was declared extinct.

Gal said, "It`s an amazing find, now we have a second chance to preserve the species."

The frog is native to the Hula Valley, a swamp drained in the 1950s to stop malaria.

Aquatic ecologist Dana Milstein says the frog was rare even before, and little is known about it. In the 1940s, a specimen ate a second frog, leading to speculation the species is cannibalistic.

She credited rehydration of the area for the frog sighting and said more are likely in the reserve.

Bureau Report