This Oct. 12, 2016 photo provided by the Oakland Zoo shows one of two female Puerto Rican Crested Toads that bred almost 3000 tadpoles at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif. (Erin Harrison/The Oakland Zoo via AP)
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More than 4,000 wiggling tadpoles conceived via wine fridges in California and then packed in a plane headed to Puerto Rico Thursday as part of a program to re-establish a technicolor native toad once thought extinct."Every single tadpole is important," Fink said.He and others had spent the day before the flight netting, packing and counting the tadpoles, bred from two pairs of the 19 Puerto Rico crested toads at the zoo.The introduced toad ate the native toad's young and took over its habitat, while human development eliminated much of the native toad's range.
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