The best part of being an evolutionary biologist is learning about the endless ways that animals adapt to their existence and environment. (The classic aphorism is “Natural selection is cleverer than you are.”)
And here’s a behavior completely new to me: the escape behavior of the pebble toad, Oreophrynella nigra, from Bolivia and Guyana. The inimitable Attenborough tells the tale:
An article at BBC EarthNews notes:
The toad is so small and light that the forces of impact are too tiny to cause it any harm.
However, as well as being less than impressive jumpers, the toads do not swim well.
So while most that land in puddles survive, there are reports of toads drowning after tumbling into deeper pools of water.