Marsupial Frog Story Part 1: Before Everything Changed

When Home was a Place I knew


I love waking up at the sound of fresh river water and some nice soft grass to jump in. Some days it rains a lot, those are my favorite, and others we get so much light that flowers start to sprout real fast. It’s beautiful to see. My home is quite crowded. There are many of us just jumping and gliding around. Families and families, many kinds of us, some with dots and others with stripes. Anyway, I’m going to get ready for a good fly hunt, they are the best type of meal down here.

 Oh I’m sorry! That was rude, I didn’t introduce myself. My name is Rudy, I am a Gastrotheca Riobambae Frog (Marsupial Frog), but everyone calls me “R”. Yeah, I’m the kind with the very distinct green pattern on my back. So today, I will be jumping around a thin band of secondary vegetation just a few hundred meters across and then I’ll make my way to some well-developed forests. There is so much to do in a day! Come with me! Usually my kind stays around the bases of bunch grasses and perched on Frailejon leaves. As I jump around I like to peacefully sit in the fury mosses and carpet plants, what can I say I come from a bog-like micro-habitat.  I love staying in these humid areas the most, but I also like to jump around bunchgrass that feels dry, also the smell of fresh air is the best around here. My family and I love to catch on bugs around here, it’s as if they all gather for us! There is plenty of food for us here because of all the fauna and flora I look at. Usually as I hop around I count the number of different flowers and plants I see, it helps me mentalize where I am and how to get back home. 

Anyways, did you know I’ve heard some nasty rumors going on? My city frog friends have told me that our boundaries with the human world are clearly under human influence right now! I don’t think those rumors could possibly be true, because no human has touched these places in so long… what do you think?

It’s getting dark already so I better go back home! It can get dangerous with the other wild frenemies around here. I’m glad I ate a whole lot, food shortage isn’t an existent problem around here at all, unlike my city frog friends. Oh! So as I was saying, the rumors say that our lower boundary around this territory is being influenced by humans due to direct cutting as new fields are opened! I actually have seen that going on some meters away, I just hope they don’t move any closer to us.  Now that I remember! I did see some firing in the upper boundary because humans wanted to maintain trade routes open! I mean maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to coexist with humans… at least they aren’t like the ancient humans that believed that burning will bring rain hahaha. Oh how I love rain! Our rain song is the best song you will ever listen to!!! Let’s go listen, it’s almost pouring, hurry!!!