The loneliest frog in the world may have found a mate after ten years of isolation.
Romeo, a Sehuencas water frog, was collected by biologists ten years ago and has spent the ensuing decade in a Bolivian aquarium.
Experts believed his species to be in danger of extinction and has spent the ensuing decade in a Bolivian aquarium.
Romeo attracted international attention as the last known member of his species and found himself lacking any company.
His keepers collaborated with Match.com in an attempt to find him a partner, where he was described as ‘not fussy’ and a ‘pretty simple guy’.
One year on, scientists may have found him his Juliet while on an expedition to an isolated Bolivian cloud forest.
Five Sehuencas water frogs were spotted in a stream and subsequently captured to become part of a breeding programme before reintroduction in the wild.
The group consisted of three males and two females and constitute the first sighting of Romeo’s species in the wild for a decade.
Romeo’s future stablemates are now in quarantine at the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny in Cochabamba City in Bolivia.
Teresa Camacho Badani, chief of herpetology at the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny, told BBC News: ‘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.’
However, Juliet has rebellious traits. ‘She’s really energetic, she swims a lot and she eats a lot and sometimes she tries to escape,’ said Ms Badani.