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Romeo Gets His Juliet: Forever Alone Frog Finally Gets A Date

by | January 17, 2019

According to a BBC report, world’s loneliest frog, believed to be the last of his species, finally got a mate after a group of scientists went on an expedition to the Bolivian cloud forest. Seems like the ten-year wait of the lonely frog is finally over! Romeo gets his Juliet 🙂

Romeo Gets His Juliet: Forever Alone Frog Finally Gets A Date
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Romeo Gets His Juliet: Forever Alone Frog Finally Gets A Date

Romeo (that’s his real name, I did not make that up), a Sehuencas water frog, was believed to be the world’s loneliest frog up until now, for he was the last surviving member of his species. After the recent expedition of scientists to Bolivian forests, things have taken a happier turn for Romeo. Five Sehuencas water frogs (three males and two females) have been captured from the water stream there with an aim to repopulate their species. From these water frogs, one female Juliet has been deemed fit for Romeo and they’ll be introduced soon.

Talking about the lucky couple, it looks like a classic case of opposites attract. Romeo is shy and calm, while Juliet is quite energetic and likes to swim a lot. Teresa Camacho Badani, the expedition leader has been quoted as saying,

“Romeo is really calm and relaxed and doesn’t move a whole lot. He’s healthy and likes to eat, but he is kind of shy and slow.”

“(Juliet) She’s really energetic, she swims a lot and she eats a lot and sometimes she tries to escape.”

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Romeo gets his Juliet

Romeo Attracted International Attention Earlier With His Dating Profile

Romeo was collected ten years ago by the scientists in a bid to help his troubled species. They never expected he would remain single for such a long time. He attracted international attention with his dating profile on Match.com that opened with a video showing him swimming around. The video went on to say (on behalf of Romeo in the first person):

“Hi there. I’m Romeo, a Sehuencas water frog from Bolivia
I’m a pretty simple guy. I tend to keep to myself and love spending nights at home. I also love eating. then again, who doesn’t? I bet you’re wondering what is a frog like me doing in a place like this? Well, I’m here to find my match, just like you. Except, my situation is a bit more… urgent”

Sehuencas frogs have an average life span of 15 years, which means Romeo got his Juliet in the nick of time. According to Arturo Munoz, the conservation scientist working with the Global Wildlife Conservation Group, Romeo had started to call for a mate, in the characteristic musical mating call of his species, a year later than he was brought into captivity. But these musical mating calls slowed down over the last ten years.

Looks like Romeo’s mating calls have finally been answered. Romeo gets his Juliet. Happy Valentine‘s Day in advance for Romeo maybe?

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About Sehuencas Water Frogs

Sehuencas (Telmatobius yuracare) are aquatic frogs that were once quite abundant in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. Their population declined rapidly due to a combination of threats posed by agriculture and logging, destruction of habitat, water pollution, and climate change.

For more information on Sehuencas frogs visit IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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