When life handed Jesse Fox a tiny green tree frog, he made it his pet.
The Rockford, Illinois resident says he purchased a bag of kale from a grocery store and put it in his fridge last week. Then, just days ago as he and a friend were cleaning the leafy vegetable to eat it, he discovered it contained a live, little amphibian stowaway. Some less-understanding folks might have dropped the produce and jumped back aghast, but not Fox.
"If we had not noticed him before dinner, that probably would have been a little different story," he says.
In a surprisingly thorough investigation, local news station WIFR consulted Rockford University Assistant Biology Professor James Marshall for his expert opinion on how the frog survived so long in the refrigerator.
"Their body temperatures depend upon the temperature their in. And their metabolism is dependent upon their body temperature," says Marshall. "When you're talking about something like a frog -- they get cold, they slow down."
Fox says he's not upset that he was sold a frog with some kale around it -- in fact, he seems quite cheery about it.