Bachelor Penguin Finds Love Online

first_imgStay on target Video Call Bumble Matches Without Exchanging NumbersMatch App’s Dating Coaches Are Here to Ease Your Nerves Another online dating success story: Humboldt penguin Spruce has found his match with Preciosa, a one-year-old female seabird.Fed up with pick-up lines and pebbles, Spruce in May created his own digital dating profile in hopes of reeling in the perfect catch.With the help of Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park and Plenty of Fish, the bachelor has been paired with Belgian bird Preciosa—transported more than 300 miles for love.“We were over the moon when the Blankenberge Aquarium team got in touch, and nervous that the penguins would like one another,” Kico Iraola, Weymouth animal care manager, said in a statement.The lovers attempt to snuggle through the bars of Preciosa’s cage (via Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park)On paper, Spruce and Preciosa are a perfect match: Similar in age, not related (important to avoid inbreeding).“But just like with humans, they still need the right chemistry,” Iraola added.Luckily, the intensive analysis and detailed planning conducted by specialists at both museums paid off.“We are delighted to report that Spruce’s and Preciosa’s first meeting went extremely well and they seem to be taking to one another quite nicely,” Iraola said.Humboldt penguins are monogamous, meaning their pair for life. So this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship marriage; the handlers are already looking forward to being grandparents.Spruce with a love letter (which will be shredded by the penguins and used as nesting material) for Preciosa (via Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park)“This means when they are older they will be well placed to have some little chicks of their own,” according to Iraola, excited to add a third generation of penguins to the park’s breeding program.But while Weymouth’s colony has boasted 13 successful chicks since 2006, “our cousins in the wild are having a tough time—there may be as few as 10,000 pairs of us left in the wild,” Spruce lamented in his online profile.Named for the South American cold water current it swims in, the Humboldt penguin is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).The penguins gaze at each other longingly across their pool (via Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park)“With the Humboldt penguin colonies on the decline, we wanted to help in any way we could to find this lone bachelor penguin his perfect match, which raising public awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation,” Kate MacLean, dating expert at Plenty of Fish, said. “We are elated to hear Spruce has reeled in his mate for life, and that they are getting along swimmingly.”No longer charming chicks under the username SprucePenguin, the Aries non-smoker with an athletic body type and adventurous personality is officially off the market.“Cohabitation is a big step forward in any relationship,” MacLean added. “Our top tips for the new couple include open communication, and showing each other unwavering love and support. Our congrats to the happy couple.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more