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Mark Twain's famous frogs and a long-absent turtle species make their returns to Yosemite

Mark Twain's famous frogs and a long-absent turtle species make their returns to Yosemite

A type of frog made famous by Mark Twain will soon be hopping and swimming through Yosemite National Park after a decades-long absence, officials said Wednesday.

The California red-legged frog, named for its colorful legs and belly, vanished from the park more than 40 years ago. It is the type of frog featured in Twain's short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

Western pond turtles — missing from most of the park for 50 years — are also being reintroduced to Yosemite, both under a partnership with the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, officials said.

“This is a landmark event for Yosemite National Park and a historic...

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