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This Man Made Tiny Hats For A Toad Who Kept Coming To His Porch

Behold, the most stylish amphibian you'll ever see!

This is a story about a toad and his hats. Because who doesn’t like hats?

It all started in the summer of 2016, when Chris Newsome noticed a toad repeatedly coming up to his door in Alabama.

“The same toad would come to my porch every night,” Newsome told The Dodo.

Upon seeing that he had made a warty new friend, Newsome had a thought that I’m sure everyone has had at some point: Wouldn’t it be funny if I put a tiny hat on a toad?

Spoiler alert: It is very funny.

Mr Toad always likes to make a good impression. #toadhat #tophat

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“I decided to enter the world of toad millinery and help the little guy out,” Newsome wrote in a post on Imgur that documented his process. “Foam paper seemed like a toad-friendly material.”

The friendly amphibian kept coming back, so Newsome kept making new hats for him. There were construction helmets, cowboy hats and even a sideways cap preferred by today’s YOUTHS!

I told him to wear it right, but he kept wearing it like that.

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As you would expect when dealing with a story about a guy putting tiny hats on a toad, Newsome’s post went viral. He now has an Instagram page and a Twitter page, and he has even inspired fan art.

The stylish toad seemed to take his newfound fame in stride. As you can see from a video Newsome posted on his Instagram page, the toad remains surprisingly still when donning the hats, as if it were a trained pet.

Well, at least, most of the time:

Judging by his social media posts, the toad is not as frequent a visitor to Newsome’s porch. Maybe he got a more lucrative fashion gig in France. But the toad still apparently drops by every once in a while.

In between the toad’s visits, it appears that Newsome’s other pets have had to fill the gap. It does not appear that they are terribly excited about that.

Daisy tried the hat and didn't care for it too much.

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