After realizing she had cleaved off the top of the frog, Min Tims from Mount Isa, Queensland, called her niece. The pair knew they had to get the frog to a rescue hundreds of miles away. And, so, they connected with a chain of caring that spanned an airline, a dog transporter and a courier company.
Rex Airways agreed to fly the frog. A group called Dogtainers helped coordinate and custom package the animal, and a courier met the flight 500 miles away in Cairns.
And, finally, staff from an animal hospital called Frog Safe picked up the patient from there.
Then the frog found himself in even more extraordinary circumstances.
"We knew that he had an underlying condition because he was out on the lawn during the day, but the wound itself was also infected and the tissues above where the blade had skimmed over the shoulder bone were necrotic," Frog Safe president Deborah Pergolotti tells The Dodo.
In other words, this hapless frog was in dire shape.