When a toad came calling to his porch Chris Newsome, a Director of Web Services for a university didn’t shoo it away, and he didn’t try to capture it. Instead, Chris made the toad some hats.
This beautiful example of a Fowlers Toad became a regular on Newsome’s’ porch in the summer evenings, making the most of a glorious bug buffet. It became such a fixture that, although it is unclear if the visitor is male or female, Chris named it Mr. Toad.
“The toad would sit on my front porch every night during the summer. He lives under the daisies in my flower bed and he would come to the porch to eat bugs.”
This would have been where the friendship ended, but the son of a friend caused Chris to up the stakes and accidently become an internet darling.
“A friend of mine has a little boy that lost his pet toad,” Newsome said. “He was crying about his toad and he remembered Mr. Toad. He asked if Mr. Toad was still coming to visit me every night, so to make him feel better I sent him a photo to show that Mr. Toad was alive and well.”
Then Chris decided to do something special to cheer the little boy up, he made Mr.Toad a hat, and another and another. He admits that close up the hats are a bit rough but then they were never intended to be haute couture they were so much more than that. A flash of inspiration to cheer up a sad little boy, and it worked.
Chris has said he is working on his hat making skills in case Mr.Toad returns this season, and what toad wouldn’t want to make its way back to an endless food source with free hats?
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