One of my favorite little critters is the coquí, the national symbol of Puerto Rico. It is one of the cutest tree frogs, or hylas, in the world. They aren’t poisonous, but are very abundant, and because they are so small, they are everywhere.
Their song is a beautiful lullaby after a rain, and at night. It is said that a coquí will not sing outside of Puerto Rico, so here is a taste of nighttime in my tropical home:
Now, what I call a lullaby, others call a cacophony. My brother went to PR to visit for a week, hanging out with my dad. And this was our conversation via text:
Bro: (sends pic of coquí in can)
Me: How adorable!
Bro: No, how effin noisy.
Bro: I feel accomplished for catching two in one night. Dad told me I achieved Hubby status.
Me: (laughs even harder)
Me: (catching my breath) Are they still yapping?
Bro: No, I threw them into the empty lot next door.
Me: (laughs hard enough to choke)
Bro: People that don’t know Puerto Ricans think that they yell because they are mad… but I think it’s just because sustained time on this island is cause for auditory damage.
I suppose it’s all relative. 😉