Sex & Relationships

If This Lonely Frog Can Find Love, There's Still Hope for You

Romeo was believed to be the last of his species, but it turns out he doesn't have to croak alone.
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Come here, lonely friend. Come closer. While you were midway through your seasonal viewing of Sleepless in Seattle last night to commemorate the chilling loneliness of being single in the winter, hope happened. Nay, hope sprung. And it came in the form of Romeo: a Sehuencas water frog from Bolivia who has spent the last decade in solitude because he was thought to be the last of his kind. And you thought cuffing season was a struggle.

Yeah, that's him. Handsome devil, isn't he? But Romeo is going to have to throw away all those stray Doritos bags and clean up his apartment because he's getting a girlfriend. Actually, the Bill Paxton of the frog community might be getting fivegirlfriends because they've all been hiding deep in the forest. No word on the gender of the other amphibians, but there is one female for certain, and her name is naturally Juliet. But now they can make a nice Frog Family and continue the future of their species. It's like a Will Smith apocalypse movie, without the burden of a forced emotional plot line, or Jaden Smith.


Juliet is presumably on her way to meet Romeo at Bolivia’s Cochabamba Natural History Museum, where he's lived for the past decade. According to a Huffington Post article, sometimes he makes unanswered mating calls, which cuts way deeper into your heart than it should. Fortunately, if all goes according to plan, his isolation will come to a permanent close soon. With so few of them left in the wild, there's minimal chance they'll survive in their natural setting, so this is their best bet. Just... no one tell them how Romeo & Juliet ended. We're rooting for you, frogs.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture. Prior to Esquire, his work appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, and USA Today. He is from East Tennessee and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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