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03/21/2013 03:39 pm ET

Five-legged Frog Found In Christmas Tree Jumps Into Todd Ray's Collection Of Weird Animals

Seeing a five-legged frog might make some people jumpy, but not Todd Ray, star of the AMC reality program "Freakshow."

Ray runs the Venice Beach Freakshow in Los Angeles, and is considered to have the largest collection of multi-limbed and double-domed creatures, living AND dead, in the world.

His latest acquisition is a five-legged frog named Freddie whose origin story is even more amazing than his extra appendage.

"I found out about him from a woman who visited the Freakshow and she said she found him in a Christmas tree," Ray told The Huffington Post. "She loved that frog and kept it for two months before she decided it'd be better here."

Freddie's fifth leg is longer than the others but the end of the foot is not fully developed.

"But it moves," Ray said.

Freddie isn't the only five-legged creature Ray owns. He also has Rocky, a five-legged miniature pinscher; Fluffy, a five-legged Bijan poo; and Sammy, a five-legged salamander.

Ray admits that some people who see his creatures automatically assume they are signs of a destroyed environment. Although animals with extra limbs are nothing new, he thinks there may be something to it -- at least where amphibeans are concerned.

"I've heard frogs and salamanders are more susceptible to pollution and that they're the first ones to notice if something's going wrong," he said. "I had a five-legged frog in the past and got it from a farmer who admitted he had spilled fertilizer in a pond and ended up with a couple five-legged frogs a short time later.

"I think we can affect nature, but I think these animals also show that what we think is normal is not always normal."

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