A lonely snail who had failed to find a teammate because of his unusually-shaped shell has lost out again after two potential suitors hit it off with each other
A lonely snail who had failed to find a teammate because of his unusually-shaped shell has suffered further humiliation after two potential adoration interests coupled up with each other, leaving him out in the cold.
The rare snail named Jeremy has a shell whose spiralings turn in an anti-clockwise guidance, meaning that he cannot teammate with the majority of “the worlds” snail population who spiral the other style because their major internal organs are located on the opposite side of the body.
Angus Davison, a prof at the University of Nottingham in center England, took Jeremy, a common garden-variety snail, into his care and launched an international hunting in October 2016 to find a possible teammate for Jeremy.
This snail is very rare. Its literally one in thousands and thousands of, said Davison, who learns the genetics of these types of garden-variety snails.
The BBC reported in November that Jeremy had finally received adoration after an fanatic who heard the entreaty introduced him to Lefty from Suffolk in eastern England, who has a similarly-shaped shell.
Then a snail farmer from the Spanish island of Majorca offered up Tomeu, another left-coiling snail. While there was what one scientist described as flirting between the two , no lasting alliance ensued.
Tomeu and Lefty decided to get together instead.
Its like that thing where maybe you introduce your best friend to a girl youre very interested in and they couple up, Davison told BBC radio.
The duo has now rendered their first offspring, of 170 babe snails who coil the opposite way to their parents and the same way as the majority of snails.
Davison, who hoped the union would develop another lefty snail, said all hope was not lost.
It is far more likely that the authorities concerned will get to see left-coiling children produced in the next generation or even the generation after that, Davison said.
Jeremy remains in the Nottingham laboratory while the search for a partner for him crawls on.
Agence France-Presse and Reuters contributed to this story
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