Unlikely animal friendship brings joy, Instagram fame

Posted August 14, 2020 6:04 p.m. EDT

When her dog formed an unlikely friendship with a toad living under the porch, Ellis Weber knew it was a story meant to be shared.

"We just opened the door one night and there was this little frog sitting on the welcome mat," Weber said. "She was enamored by it, and we were all kind of surprised."

The she is Noma, Weber's 3-year-old German Shepherd and co-star of the Instagram account @unlikelyfrogfriend.

"He lives in our yard, under the back porch, and comes up to the back door almost nightly," Weber said of the toad.

The strange relationship started in 2018.

In the beginning, it was Noma and Fred.

"They just hung out. She would crawl and get closer to him, he would hop and get closer to her," Weber said.

Night by night by night, he would be on the stoop waiting for her to come outside.

Fred's family is growing.

"Now there's six of them," Weber said. "They all have names, and we can tell them all apart."

Weber said the unlikely bond between these animals is an antidote to the difficulties of 2020.

"This is the one thing that brings me some joy right now, and if it's something that someone cares about, that's funny too," she said.

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