Friday, September 25, 2009

Meet Elvis - the CRCC's Mascot!

I'd like to introduce you to Elvis, the CRCC's Mascot. Elvis is an African Clawed Frog who is actually a girl! Here is her story ...

Good fortune fell upon Elvis 11 years ago when Jeon Francis (now CRCC Office Manager) picked her from hundreds of frogs at Pets Supplies Plus in Parma. It wasn't all easy for Elvis though and her early years saw intense struggle and adversity. As a young froglet, she suffered a heart attack and was unconscious for nearly a minute when she was accidentally dropped into warm water. Later she lost her partner, another African Clawed Frog. A brief love affair with a dwarf frog only last for a few days before the Dwarf frog lept from his bowl and was later found crushed under a shoe yards away.

Things turned around for Elvis and she enjoyed several years of social theatrical bliss, beginning her “finger grabbing career” in the offices of Cleveland Public Theatre, which include the fingers of both local and national performing artists such as Eve Ensler, Tim Miller, Annie Sprinkle, Holly Hughes and others. Elvis retired for a couple of years to her owner’s home where she lived quietly among an array of plants and porcelain Asian figurines.

While in retirement, she consulted close friends Kermit the Frog and the Budweiser Frogs, and was convinced to get back into the public eye. She soon found a wonderful position at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, where she once again enjoys listening to the conversations of people at the front desk and grabbing the fingers of everyone from children to politicians.

Make sure you stop by and say hello to Elvis the next time you're in the office!

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