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Born in a zoo, released into the San Gabriels, a rare Los Angeles frog bounces back

LOS ANGELES_The venue: a remote creek in the San Gabriel Mountains.

The attendees: federal ecologists and zoo staffers.

The guests of honor: 500 wriggling tadpoles.

The cause for celebration: A homecoming for one of the most endangered amphibians on the planet.

At 11 a.m., the wildlife experts opened their aquarium bags and gently released 500 Southern mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles reared at the Los Angeles Zoo into a knee-deep stretch of Big Rock Creek where they've been absent for half a century.

It offered all the creature comforts the inch-long amphibians

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