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Sign of spring? Bob the Bullfrog re-emerges at the Crossroads

Chronicle News Editor Gordon Woodworth writes: Bob the Bullfrog has re-emerged from under the basement sump pump at the Crossroads Country Store in Chestertown.

“We had seen him, but on Saturday he came out and was hopping around the basement,” said Nathan West, whose family owns the business.

The 11-year-old bullfrog hibernates in the mud underneath the sump pump near the Crossroads’ bait tanks, eating minnows that float by.

“He looks pretty healthy,” Nathan said. “He wintered well.”

Last winter, he emerged in mid-February during a spring-like 70-degree day. This year, it’s early April.

“Punxsutawney has Phil, and we have Bob the Bullfrog,” said Nathan.

While Bob mostly sticks to the basement, where he has a ready-made food supply of minnows and crayfish, “every once in a while he will hop up and do a loop or two around the fishing tackle. People love it.”

Named by Nathan’s nephew, Bob was one of a group of frogs that some local kids caught and brought in to sell for bait.

“Every one of them jumped out of the bucket. We caught some of them, but Bob was able to escape.”

Bob the Bullfrog has re-emerged at The Crossroads Country Store in Chestertown. That’s Jack West, 7, holding Bob, and Jack’s brother Owen, 3, holding the bag of marshmallows. Photo by Nathan West

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