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'Good luck' blue frog found by local children in Japanese town

A blue Japanese tree frog is seen in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture, on June 28, 2022. (Mainichi/Tetsuya Shoji)
The children who found a rare blue Japanese tree frog are seen in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture, on June 28, 2022. They are taking care of the animal in a tank. (Mainichi/Tetsuya Shoji)

MINAKAMI, Gunma -- A group of local children have captured and are taking care of a rare blue Japanese tree frog in this east Japan town, hoping it would "bring good luck like a bluebird."

    Second graders Mayu Yamaguchi, 8, Momoka Nakayama, 7, Honoka Abe, 7, and other children spotted a sky-blue frog about 2.5 centimeters long at around 4:30 p.m. on June 27 when they were searching for frogs in the bush near their homes, as they usually do around this time of the year.

    Gunma Museum of Natural History lead curator Katsuyuki Takahashi explained that Japanese tree frogs are normally yellow-green and that the sky-blue frog recently found in Minakami might be missing yellow pigment in its skin.

    (Japanese original by Tetsuya Shoji, Maebashi Bureau)

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