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New ‘Bat Frog’ Named For Ozzy Osbourne

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It’s only fitting, we suppose, that a new tree frog with a bat-like call be named after Ozzy Osbourne. But the decision to call it dendropsophus ozzyi wasn’t a sly reference to the Black Sabbath frontman’s infamous early-’80s encounter with a certain winged creature.

Instead, according to NationalGeographic.com, the scientists who discovered this previously unknown species in the Amazon are actually loyal followers. “We kept talking about the ‘bat frog,'” said post-doctoral fellow Pedro Peloso, “which led to us talking about being fans of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath.”

Peloso and his colleagues stumbled across the amphibian during a biodiversity survey in a protected Brazilian national forest called Pau-Rosa. “As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species,” Peloso says. “I had never heard anything like it.” Not even on ‘Master of Reality.’

There’s more good news for Peloso and Company: Osbourne has begun work on a new album with Black Sabbath, his second since a long-hoped-for reunion with the group prior to recording ’13.’ He had previously fronted Black Sabbath from 1968-79, before launching a solo career.

Osbourne bit the head off a bat in January 1982, after it was thrown on stage during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. He has said he thought it was a rubber toy.

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