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Last Updated: Saturday March 19 2005 17:15 GMT

Australia's frog hospital closes

The only frog hospital in Australia is closing down because there isn't enough cash to keep it going.

The hospital has been operating out of a small flat in Cairns, Queensland, mending broken legs and treating various illnesses.

But, after more than six years in business, it cannot afford to keep going as it relies on donations.

Caring for frogs can be expensive, with each patient costing up to 50 in vets' fees, medication and meals.

It's estimated that 1,500 frogs have been treated at the hospital. Many were attacked by cats and dogs, others were accidentally squashed or harmed by chemicals.

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