The white tree frog, native to Australia, has beaten more than 12,000 contenders for the coveted title, the Hershey Company said in a press release this week.
Betty will be Cadbury’s mascot in a nationwide advertisement this spring. Kaitlyn Vidal – a student and owner of Betty – will receive $ 5,000.
“Thank you to all of our incredible finalists at this year’s Cadbury Bunny Trials and congratulations to Betty the Frog, our new Cadbury Bunny! Trevor Jakubek, senior associate director of the brand, said in the statement. “We are delighted to put her coveted ears on and to know that she will make a great addition to our Cadbury Bunny Hall of Fame. ”
She follows in the (much wider) footsteps of Lieutenant Dan, the two-legged coonhound who won the title last year.
Less than a year away, it will be Betty’s first Easter. According to the statement, she enjoys “snacking, swimming in her favorite bowl, jumping and hanging out with her fellow frogs.”
As well as being the first amphibian in the competition to win, she is also his first female winner. And the smallest winner to date.
“Betty has been a great addition to our home and we are so happy to be able to share her with the rest of the world! Vidal said. “She has been a wonderful companion in college and with the support of my friends, family and the amphibian community, I know she will make Cadbury proud by inheriting the Rabbit Ears. ”
Thanks to Betty, amphibians around the world can now see each other in the Cadbury Easter Bunny mascot.
The Hershey Society also donates $ 15,000 to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.