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
  • Bathing Was Actually Popular During The Medieval Ages

    People have the notion that the medieval ages were just dirt, filth, more dirt, disease, and darkness. And we'll there was a lot of dirt and disease, much like the world today, and yes public sanitization did not exist. However, there is one notion that is wrong, the thought that medieval people were simply filthy...

    Read More
  • The Great Joan of Arc Imposter

    Joan of Arc whose real name was Jehanne d’Arc or could have been Jehanne Tarc, or actually, it may have been Jehanne de Vouthon - well you get the picture nobody really knew her real name as she never used it. She grew up in Domremy a village in northeastern France, she was the daughter...

    Read More
  • The Strange And Rare Pupula Duplex Conditions

    Pupula duplex is such a rare medical condition where a person has two irises in one eye, that many believe it is just a myth and a joke. They would be very wrong though, as the rare condition that sees people having two pupils in the same eye does exist. Granted it is extremely rare...

    Read More
  • The Twins Capital Of The World

    In Nigeria there is a town known as the twin capital of the world, they put banners up all over to show how proud they are of this title, despite not really knowing why there are so many twins in the area. Anyone who walks around Igbo Ora in Nigeria will see many duplicate faces,...

    Read More
  • The Luckiest Mariner In The History Of War

    Wenman Wykeham-Musgrave was a mariner during World War I, surprisingly he survived being aboard three different ships that were torpedoed and sunk in the space of 90 minutes. Perhaps making him the luckiest or unluckiest mariner to have served during World War I. Musgrave was a midshipman aboard the HMS...

    Read More
  • The Great California Recycling Fraud Crisis

    You would think that any state or country with an effective recycling program would have it set up to ensure it could be self-sustainable, however, in California, there is an extremely high rate of recycling fraud which is draining the state’s cash. Over 8.5 billion recyclable cans were sold in California during the last few...

    Read More