World’s Loneliest Frog Saved By Online Dating Profile

Samuel Reason - November 28th, 2019

It sounds extraordinary and untrue, but the world’s loneliest frog was indeed saved by an online dating profile. A Valentine’s stunt that conservationists played on Match.com played off, it raised awareness and found the lonely frog a partner. The expedition found five new Sehuencas water frogs and this even included a mate for lonesome Romeo.

thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com

Last year on Valentine’s day, the Bolivia Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny in Cochabamba created a Match.com profile for Romeo. Romeo is a male Sehuencas water frog that was thought to be the last species of his kind. Unfortunately, no lady frogs messaged him back, but many humans did. The stunt raised over $25,000 and helped the movement’s efforts to save more endangered amphibians. And now that money raised is paying for itself, researchers in Bolivia were able to use it to find more Sehuencas frogs.

They even located an adult female frog, which many hope will fall in love with Romeo, to try and play with destiny they named the female Juliet. The species of frog was once pretty abundant in Bolivia and roamed free, but in recent years water frog species have found themselves victim to multiple threats like habitat destruction, climate change, and pollution.

Over ten years ago, Romeo was plucked from the wild, with hopes of repopulating his species but they could never locate a female Sehuencas frog until now. Researchers and scientists around the world were frustrated and worried that Romeo would face the same fate as Toughie – the world’s last known Rabbs’ Fringe Limbed Tree Frog who died in 2016 in captivity.

However, the money raised by the dating website promotion was able to allow non-profit organization Global Wildlife Conservation and the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny to embark on a new expedition. And this time, the mission was a success, though it was not easy. Nearly all of the streams they originally looked at had no frogs.

Finally, they did find five under a waterfall, and now they have started to create the first water frog love nest – in hopes of creating an insurance population against extinction.

Next Article
  • Scientist Breaks Bank With Data Roaming Charges While Tracking Eagles

    Local scientists in Russia were busy researching the migrating patterns and habits of the Russian eagles. Unfortunately for them they did not expect the eagles to decide on some of the birds deciding they wanted a vacation in Iran and Pakistan. The SMS transmitters they had attached to the birds suddenly incurred huge data roaming...

    Read More
  • The Female Doctor That Had To Live Her Whole Life As A Man

    During the 1800s, certain professions were nearly impossible for a woman to break into, unfortunately, it was a time of great inequality between men and women. One of the professions was the medical domain, where being a doctor was primarily a male role. One bright Irishwoman set out to follow her dreams and in the...

    Read More
  • Over 230 Years Ago Trenton Was The Capital Of America

    Nearly 235 years ago there was a great victory during the American Revolution. Victory in the battle of Trenton pretty much turned the tide of the revolution. And as a result, this famous victory meant that Trenton became the seat of America’s government. However, Trenton’s claim to fame as the capital of the United States...

    Read More
  • When Reading The Fine Print Pays Off

    When signing a contract everyone always reminds you politely and even devilishly: always read the fine print. Of course, not many of us can hold our hands up and say that we did read the fine print. Everyone has heard the saying, but does anyone do it? Insurance contracts can be pages after pages of...

    Read More
  • Hiding Inside Dead Horses On The World War I Battlefield

    During World War I, fighting was ferocious on the battle lines between France and Germany. Both armies had dug themselves into trenches so much so that there was nearly no movement either way. They sat in the trenches for years on end and simply blasted each other as much as they could. The whole landscape...

    Read More
  • The Dangers Of The Dust Bowl Can Be Electrocution By Hug

    During the perils of the Dust Bowl, people that lived in the Northern parts of Texas or Oklahoma had to contend with huge dust storms that could last for days. These were storms of fine flour-like dust particles that would blast through everything: the cracks on the window frames, under the doors and would even...

    Read More
  • Bodega Cats Of New York

    All across the boroughs of New York City, there are over 10,000 little Bodegas stores, it is a term that comes from Latin American Spanish which means a small neighborhood store. Across New York’s five boroughs there are many of these stores. They sell food and goods, an important part of each community, and also...

    Read More