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Last Updated:  Saturday, 8 March, 2003, 04:59 GMT
Berlin wall built for frogs
Frog
The city is showing its green credentials
Taxpayers in Berlin have reacted angrily after it emerged the city is spending thousands of euros to prevent frogs from getting run over.

The cash-strapped capital is building a network of walls and tunnels to protect frogs trying to cross a busy road.

The project is reportedly costing 430,000 euros ($474,200).

It comes at a time when the city is grappling with debts of a 46bn euros and is trying to make savings by closing public services, including swimming pools and kindergartens.

Fifteen tunnels are being built to give the frogs safe passage to a lake, wildlife protection officials said.

A 650-metre (2,000 feet) wall is also under construction in Pankow, east Berlin, to guide the frogs towards the tunnels.

Guenther Brinker, head of Berlin's taxpayer association, said: "I'm all for protecting animals, but this really is a utopian scheme.

"It's a colossal waste of money."





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