In many traditions frogs are held in awe because of their ability to transform from the fish to the animal world. However, the very rare, almost silent frogs native to Aotearoa do not have this free swimming tadpole stage. They live in damp forest and the eggs are guarded by the male. When they hatch they climb onto his back until they loose their tails and become independent. In Maori tradition they are known as adopted children of the Forest Gods, and like so many of the children of the Gods they are, for selected people, treasured as Kaitiaki, or Guardian figures. For these fortunate people they also bring a special joy and that sense of delighted wonderment that keeps them forever young at heart.