This year saw the drama of Jeremy the “lonely lefty snail.” Found in 2016, Jeremy’s left-twisting shell structure interested geneticists at Nottingham University and prompted a global call for other left twisting snails to act as mates. In May 2017 Angus Davison, a geneticist at Nottingham, introduced two more left twisting snails to Jeremy. In a headline- and pun-worthy twist, Jeremy became caught in a love triangle when those potential mates chose each other. Davison described this as a classic situation of introducing your best friend to someone you’re interested in and they pair up. However, the public was reassured in October that although Jeremy was found dead, he didn’t die a virgin. According to NPR, Jeremy finally “did it” before dying. And just in case you were wondering, “Three times! Nice work, Jeremy.” Other salacious headlines revolve around Lu Lu, the “panda sex god” who shattered his own record for “filthy panda sex” (18 minutes) and Dozer the walrus who “catcalls” the females at Point Defiance Zoo.
Kemono Friends also touched hearts when an elderly Humboldt penguin named "Grape-kun" appeared to become infatuated with a cardboard cutout of Kemono Friends' Humboldt penguin character, even forgoing meals to spend more time with her. Grape-kun ultimately passed away, but his zoo has now added his image to the cutout.
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