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

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.

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"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."


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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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