A tiny frog which was squashed into the wreck of a racing car in Spain and unwittingly transported to Oxfordshire is said to be in good health. The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 crashed during the 24-hour race around the Barcelona Grand Prix track last Sunday.
But earlier, during its dismantling at the manufacturer's Banbury base, the frog fell out of the car, along with mud, oil, and engine pieces. Engineer Ben Sayer said: "It's well, but we're not sure what to do with
"I don't know what it's thought for the last week as it's sat inside a car,
inside a truck, as it was driven back," he added. The 1.5cm long amphibian has been nicknamed Barwell after the team that took
part in the race. Mr Sayer, from Prodrive, said the £500,000 car was embedded in the earth next
to the circuit, where the frog is believed to have lived.
He added: "Lots of mud compacted in the engine compartment, so this morning
when the guys were taking the engine apart and rubbing all the mud off the
outside this tiny little frog dropped out. They put it in a tray with some big leaves and rainwater and it's still
sitting there now. We want to release it because we've got a pond here but ... I'll probably
have the police turning up in a minute trying to find this illegal alien."
There's a short video of Barwell the little Spanish frog here.