Anthony Cheke of Oxford wrote to the Guardian earlier this year to share with the world the origins of his family's pet frog. Inspired by a news story about frogs jumping out of imported bags of salad, he was moved to recount a tale from 2000. Waiting for their luggage at the airport baggage carousel, he spotted a tree frog riding around the belt on a suitcase.
The hapless amphibian was knocked off the case by the rubber flaps at the end of the public claim area, and landed in the island in the centre of the zone. To his children's embarrassment, but the frog's eternal gratitude, Mr. Cheke jumped over the revolving bags and rescued it. They took it home and nursed it back from starvation and dehydration, and it's still in good health living in their conservatory. Of course, they called it 'Gatwick'.