April 10, 2005
Today it was back to Juan Julio, but every amphibian that we found was showing symptoms. We collected a golden frog female but she too was showing symptoms and we didn't hold out a lot of hope for her. We did keep her and decided to treat her 2x daily with the antifungal because she was so far along in the infection. If she survives and is cured it will be great to know that we can successfully treat those who are already showing serious symptoms.
Yesterday when the "Gringo Team" was in Juan Julio they found a cave full of bats.......I had to see it. The guys stood 3ft. deep in guano to get pictures of the bats inside the cave. I did not feel much like wading in the poo so I just yelled my questions into the cave...."Fruit bats or insect eating bats?" That was a mistake 'cause here came my answer....thrown out of the cave......yep..fruit bats. I could see the seeds in the poo that was now on my leg.
Then we headed back to camp and disinfected and headed back out to Rio Cuchirbo and found our 0.2 that we needed. I found an amplexed pair.......my first golden frogs for the trip (usually Eddie finds them before me).
Well, we have now satisfied the collecting permit....but now the hard decision to send the babies back to where we found them. That was really difficult. They won't make it without the anti fungal treatments....but we have no choice.
Tonight we made arrangements with Samwell for a horse to carry the packs out of the forest.....now I have frogs to carry instead. He will be here at 530am.