May 20 (UPI) — A lonely penguin at an aquarium in England is hoping to find a mate by creating a profile on the dating website Plenty of Fish.
Spruce the penguin’s dating profile states the 1-year-old Humboldt penguin is a “Single Penguin looking for Chicks,” as he was unable to find a mate among the 13 other penguins at his home in the Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park.
“At 1 year old you could say I’m a little young to be thinking about getting a mate, but I’m keen to be part of our park’s Humboldt penguin breeding program as soon as I’m ready,” the profile states. “Unfortunately, our cousins in the wild are having a tough time out there – there may be as few as 10,000 pairs of us left in the wild!”
Spruce’s profile lists him as a less than 5-foot tall nonsmoker, with interests including seafood, diving, conservation and the band Reel Big Fish.
“Naturally, I’m a Batman fan, but I’m still waiting for The Penguin to come out on top,” Spruce’s profile states.
Park staff say the other penguins in Spruce’s group are either also male or have already found a mate.
“Our team hand reared Spruce from a chick and we successfully reintroduced him into our penguin colony,” his carer Sarah Everett told the Dorset Echo. “All the adult penguins are now entering their breeding season and are busy making nests. It would be nice for Spruce to have another single penguin to spend his time with, rather than his keepers.”
The park hopes the dating profile may draw attention from other penguin care facilities that may be willing to send Spruce a potential mate.
“Penguins are very affectionate birds by nature and often mate for life,” Everett said. “I really want to see Spruce settle down with the right girl and after searches for potential mates at other Sea Life centres proved fruitless I thought it was time to look further afield.”