The passing of this bill is sure to allow hellbenders to breathe easier in the near future and give them a better chance of survival.

April 19, 2019 AT 3:00 AM

Emma Stone, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Student Leadership Council, after Pennsylvania lawmakers voted to make the Eastern hellbender salamander the state's official amphibian. Because of hellbenders' sensitivity to pollution, their population has declined, making it an endangered species in some states.

Source: NPR