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The Prince and the frog: Charles 'touched' by unusual namesake

06 JULY 2012

It's not the typical fairytale ending associated with frogs, but one rare species has made a real-life royal connection.

An Ecuadorian stream frog has been named Hyloscirtus princecharlesi in recognition of the Prince of Wales' efforts to protect the world's rainforests.

And the first-in-line has said he will now battle even harder in his conservation work following the unusual honour.


"I am very touched. It's very nice. I have a lump in my throat, it must be a frog," he joked as he posed with a schoolchildren and a glass replica this week.

The prince was presented with a commemorative gold medal and the glass look-alike by the Ecuadorian scientist who discovered the species.

"That's wonderful, I will treasure that," he said of the model frog. "I shall battle even harder now."


Prince Charles

The unique photocall took place at Charles' Gloucestershire home, Highgrove, where he was hosting an environmental-themed workshop for schoolchildren.

And as he posed with the glass replica on his shoulder, he quickly quipped: "The things I do for frogs!"


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