Its Tyronne here to give a reminder to those who intend on buying live frogs with specific purposes. Very recently, a news article came out in regards to a release of a huge mass of American Bullfrogs in the Tampines Quarry, leaving almost half of them dead! Read full article here
For those who intend to release the frogs I’m sure there will be some of you who are curious as to why we’re so against releasing the forggies into the wild right? Let me share with you what I know.
First of all, American bullfrogs are not native to our country, as the name suggests, its origin is from America. By releasing these bullfrogs into the wild, we’ll be endangering the ecosystem of the area that it’s being released to. How? Well, American bullfrogs are notorious for their ferocious appetite, consuming whatever comes in their way be it big or small, as Long as it fits into their mouth, and with an appetite like theirs, they’ll be able to wipe out most of the organisms living within the area in a very short time span. To top it off, they’re an invasive species, with the capability to populate pretty fast as well, so you can be sure that it would slowly but surely make its presence known not just where it was released at but further as well!
The other reason would be the affects it would have on us residents that’s residing in the area. Because the frogs are farm fed and bred, they are not accustomed to the wild, as they’re usually feeding on palettes and living in a controlled environment. By releasing them into the wild, it would leave nearly half of them dead due to the disorientation stress and only a handful would survive. And within that handful, further more would be left dead as they’re not trained to hunt for their food and doesn’t have any immunity built up in them to resist the parasites and diseases that is found in the open waters. With more than half left dead, the masses of decomposing frog bodies would result in a very foul smelling odour that would spread throughout the area affecting many that live within the proximity, and cleaning up wouldn’t be an easy task as well!
So to folks who intend on keeping frogs as pets, think twice, if not, THRICE if you’ll be able to commit, and for those who wants to release them into the wild for whatever reasons you may have, do know that you’ll be doing more harm than good! Not just to the frogs, but to us as well!
Till next time!
Hi! My name is Tyronne, a final year student in poly and I am the new intern here.
It’s going to be close to 2 weeks since I’ve started working here and I got to say, time sure flies with all the stuff you’ve gotten on hand.
From the basics of house cleaning to maintain the storefront (TRFS), stock taking and cooking to the production which consists of removing of the Ovary Ducts (Hashima) of the female American Bullfrogs, packing, sealing and even labelling of the products. There really is never a day where you’ll be bored. The time spent here allowed me to embrace myself with the lush greenery of the countryside alongside the awfully pungent and pleasant smell of the processing plant.
Asides production and operations, my ever so patient boss and supervisor, Jackson and Zheng Xun were always there to guide me with the tours and helping me improve my arsenal of content. I’m quite an introvert around new people so to give a tour was really a challenge for me, but with all those awkward dry runs with them, the tour with the kids felt so much more comfortable than the dry run with them.
It’s been barely 2 weeks and it felt like months since I’ve started working. Guessing that’s due to the many tours every so often and the events that occurred such as KCFM 12 aka Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market, and the Changi Business Park Citibank road show. Having the privilege to head down to the event on one of the days was really an eye opener for me, to see how this tight knitted team was able to tackle such a crowd that was different from the usual walk in visitors and the never say die attitude when problem arises. And a little bonus was the pack of quail eggs I’ve received at the end.
As for the Changi Business Park event, it was a total opposite. The targeted audience wasn’t only different, they were all bankers, accountants etc that were professionally dressed. Majority that hear the word frog instantly showed a face of disgust and there were also many more vegetarians than what I had expected. Due to that it was definitely hard to push out our sales, but we didn’t give up and instead became gutsier and brave as we started approaching the potential customers offering them our samples to try only for them to realize that it wasn’t as bad as they thought it was. Alongside regular customers showing their support, the boss of the booth beside us (lazy fruits) was also kind enough to help promote our Hashima and spreading good words about it.
Asides from all those, this has been one productive ½ a month and I hope that as time passes, I’ll be able to be of more help to the team and grow more as a person!