Romeo the frog was thought to be the last of his species — but an expedition team went out and found his Juliet.
An expedition team found five Sehuencas water frogs, a discovery that might save the species from extinction, according to a January 15 announcement. Scientists say the Sehuencas from population was rapidly dying due to climate change, habitat loss, and a deadly fungal disease.
Thought to be the last of his kind, Romeo was found in 2010. Since his discovery, he has been taken care of at a Bolivian natural history museum. Scientists could tell Romeo was looking for a mate because he began his “especially musical” mating call a year after he was found.
In an effort to find Romeo a mate and save the species from extinction, Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) launched an expedition funded by money collected in a February 2018 fundraising campaign. The successful four-person team was led by herpetologist Teresa Camacho Badani. Now the five newly found frogs are in quarantine, where they’ll be given preventative treatment for the deadly fungal disease that led to the species’ decline.
Romeo has no idea that Juliet exists — but scientists plan on organizing their first date once Juliet starts eating normally and is confirmed to be disease-free.