Some extremely rare frogs have been airlifted from a Caribbean island and taken to breed at London Zoo to help save the species from a highly infectious and deadly disease.
Rescued from the island of Montserrat, the critically-endangered mountain chicken frogs were at risk of being wiped out by the Chytrid fungus, a disease which has devastated amphibian populations around the world.
Scientists secured the passage of 50 frogs from the island, with the hope of developing a healthy population of the odd looking creatures and reintroducing them to deisease free areas of the island.
The move has already paid dividends, with two of the rescued females having produced 76 young already, and are housed in a bio-secure, temperature-controlled breeding unit at the Zoological Society of London.
Housing an impressive range of rare and interesting creatures, London Zoo is just one of many fantastic attractions to enjoy whilst taking a break in one of the hotels in London
Published on 31/7/2012.Latest London News