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Jeremy the lefty snail has now been rejected by two other lefty snails

Scientists found compatible mates for him, but they had sex with each other instead.
Jeremy the snail and baby

To add insult to injury, the biologists photographed Jeremy with one of the babies that isn't his.

© Dr Angus Davison

Jeremy is alone. He doesn’t fit in with the other snails. We mean that literally: his sex organs do not fit with other snails’ sex organs, so he has no one to mate with.

Poor little Jeremy’s sexy bits are on the left side of his head, whereas most snails have theirs on the right, so biologists at the University of Nottingham put out a call last year to ask lefty snail owners to donate their mucus

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