Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and for some lucky ones like Romeo there is some good news. Romeo, a Sehuencas water frog, once thought to be the last of its kind, was brought into a conservation program in Bolivia's Cochabamba Natural History Museum almost ten years back.
Worried about Romeo’s unanswered mating calls, biologists had long been trying to find the lonely hero a mate. The attempts to find Romeo remained fruitless until the authorities decided to take a step out of desperation-making a profile for Romeo on a dating website on Valentine’s day last year.
Romeo also has a Twitter profile that described him as ''World's Loneliest Frog''. Luckily for the amphibian, the ten years of waiting has paid off, as he is believed to have finally found his Juliet! A team of scientists has apparently found more of his kind. During a recent expedition to Bolivian cloud forest, Museo de Historia Alcide d’Orbigny and Global Wildlife Conservation rediscovered the Sehuencas water frogs and rescued five – three males and two females.
The team of scientists has named one of the frogs Juliet in concurrent to Shakespeare’s favourite lovers-Romeo and Juliet. Currently, the freshly rescued frogs are still being kept in quarantine, to get them adjusted to their new home, and to test them for chytridiomycosis - an infectious disease that has claimed a large number of the wild amphibian species.
Badani, who led the expedition, believes Romeo and Juliet are perfect for each other as opposites attract.
"Romeo is really calm and relaxed and doesn't move a whole lot," Badani told BBC.
Juliet is very energetic, likes to swim and eat, Badani said.
The duo is expected to go on their first blind date this Valentine’s Day.