Bolivian frog ‘Romeo’ looking for love

By , on February 15, 2018


A 10-year-old frog named Romeo, possibly the last of the Sehuencas water species, is also looking for love. (PNA Photo)
A 10-year-old frog named Romeo, possibly the last of the Sehuencas water species, is also looking for love. (PNA Photo)

MANILA — For all the lonely singles this Valentine’s Day, you are not the only ones who are lonely. So is a Bolivian frog, though not necessarily a prince.

A 10-year-old frog named Romeo, possibly the last of the Sehuencas water species, is also looking for love.

According to a report from the BBC, Romeo has been making mating calls for the past nine years in a tank at the Cochabamba Natural History Museum in Bolivia.

Bolivian conservationists have even made a dating profile for Romeo at Match.com to raise USD15,000 for the conservation campaign before Valentine’s Day.

In his profile, Romeo was described as a simple guy, enjoys chilling at home, and binge-watching the waters around him.

It further read: “I do love food though, and will throw a pair of pants on and get out of the house if there’s a worm or snail to be eaten.”

The species does not live for more than 15 years, which makes the campaign more urgent, as Romeo only has five years left.

Scientists are now searching streams and rivers for a female with whom a breeding program could be started. The frog is endemic to Bolivia in subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, rivers, and freshwater marshes.

Conservation scientist Arturo Munoz told AFP news agency, according to the CNN report, that they don’t want him to lose hope, adding they continue to remain hopeful that others are out there, so they could start a conservation breeding program to save the species. (PNA)