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One of world's largest frogs returns to Montserrat

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The endangered mountain chicken frogs are once again singing songs of love on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat. Or maybe they're just singing in the rain.

Scientists airlifted dozens of the amphibians off the island in 2009 in hopes of saving the species from a deadly fungus that killed nearly 80 percent of the frogs, which can weigh as much as 2 pounds (0.9 kilogram).

A project coordinator with Montserrat's Environment Department says scientists have brought back nearly 100 frogs and released them into a rocky valley. Sarah-Louise Smith said Friday the rainy, breeding season has started and the frogs are emitting whooping calls by night. It's a sound they make when they want to breed. But they also sing when it rains.

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