This Valentine’s Day, Romeo the Bolivian Sehuencas Water Frog is looking for love just like the rest of us and he’s taken to Match.com to do it. The amphibian is the last known member of his species and he’s set up a dating profile — with help from his caretakers at the Bolivian Catholic University, we assume — to help him find out if his perfect match is out there somewhere.
Romeo is 11 years old and describes himself as “a pretty simple guy.” He enjoys “chilling at home,” “binge-watching” the water and likes to stay in unless there’s food involved (don’t we all?). While he may be a pretty chill frog, he’s serious about finding a mate.
“Not to start this off super heavy or anything, but I’m literally the last of my species. I know – intense stuff,” his profile reads, “But that’s why I’m on here – in hopes of finding my perfect match so we can save our own kind (no pressure ;)).”
As for the type of girl he’s looking for, Romeo isn’t too picky, she just has to be a Sehuencas like himself. He also specifies that a stocky build and two-inch height is his ideal body type. She must also be a non-smoker, though a moderate drinker is fine.
If you scroll through his photo gallery you can see shots of Romeo’s newly-renovated pad, his childhood home, mirror selfies and even a head shot from “when I was thinking about going into stand-up comedy before realizing I can’t really stand up.” The ladies love a guy with a good sense of humour.
Romeo’s profile also links to a donation page where he and the Bolivian Amphibian Initiative hope to raise $15,000 to fund 10 expeditions to various streams and rivers where the Sehuencas was once common in hopes of finding more of his species. If they prove successful, they are planning to start a conservation breeding program. Match.com has agreed to match (get it?) all donations between February 9 and Valentine’s Day.
In the 10 years since Romeo was discovered by biologists, they assumed they would find more of his species, but none of their efforts have proven fruitful. The life expectancy of a Sehuencas Water Frog is about 15 years, so time may be running out for Romeo and his entire species.
Hopefully Match can live up to its hype and find the perfect mate (or any mate) for little Romeo.