A certain species of frog, which was previously believed to have been the last of its kind in the entire world, has surprisingly been rescued from its solitude.
The name of the world's loneliest frog, which has spent the last 10 years of its life living in isolation in an aquarium in Bolivia, is Romeo. And according to some scientists, a mate, named Juliet has finally been found for this frog, after the scientists completed an expedition to a remote cloud forest in Bolivia.
There were five Sehyencas water frogs that the scientists found and captured from a stream, with a very simple goal in mind. They just wanted the frogs to breed so that they could reintroduce the previously believed nearly extinct species back to the wild. The chief of herpetology at the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d'Orbigny in Cochabamba City, Teresa Camacho Badani was also the leader of this expedition. She is very positive that the frogs will produce a new lineage of the species.
She says that Romeo is a very relaxed and a very calm frog, and although he's a bit slow and shy, he's quite healthy. Meanwhile, his new partner, Juliet is very energetic. She has a personality that's a complete opposite of Romeo, with eating and swimming all throughout the day, and even trying to escape from the aquarium.
The five frogs that the scientists found during their expedition were the first ones of their kind that have been seen in the wild in the past decade, despite scientists continuously looking for them in the wilderness of Bolivia. They found Romeo 10 years ago when the scientists already knew that his species was in trouble. However, they never expected for him to stay alone for such a long time.
Now, these newly discovered frogs are in quarantine, in the museum's conservation center. And now, the race that scientists are trying to win is to stop this species from becoming extinct. Unfortunately, due to the destruction of their habitat, climate change as well as the invasive trout that has been introduced in the streams where they live, the numbers have nearly completely disappeared.