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Pig The Dugong Finds Love After Sophie Monk Heartbreak

February 15, 2018 Attraction No Comments Email Email

He first won the hearts of the nation when he appeared on Sophie Monk’s season of The Bachelorette Australia, and consequently had his heart broken when Stu was the last man standing.

But now, with Sophie Monk officially back on the market, Pig wants to make one thing clear – he’s in love again, just not with her!

Sharing an old photo on his Instagram account on Monday night, the lovable creature wrote:

On Tuesday night, this was followed up with an official announcement. The post read:

You may have noticed I’ve been a little M.I.A this year. The thing is, I’ve been a little “smitten”, as you humans would say, and I’ve really tried to give her my all. 

She’s kind. She’s patient. She loves the water. And OH BOY, does she have an appetite! She was there for me after @sophiemonk broke my heart, and there again when she tried hitting me up for a rebound after THAT break-up (nu-uh honey!) She has all the qualities I love in a woman – and you know what? She’s literally been the girl next door; my day-one #bae. I just didn’t know it.

The mystery lady has since been identified as none other than “the girl next door – Wuru the female dugong at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

The dugong duo first hit it off in 2008, when they moved into their waterfront share-home at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

Pig moved in after he was rescued from Forrest Beach in North Queensland when he became separated from his mother at a very early age, and after a period of rehabilitation, was released back into the wild. However when he was found washed up again a decision was made not to release him again for fears he wouldn’t survive.

Wuru also moved in after she was found as an abandoned calf in Emu Park on the central Queensland Coast on Australia Day 2005. She was just over 30kg and less than a week old at the time, and was then hand raised for years.

“We’re very happy to learn that Pig and Wuru have found love with one another. Dugongs aren’t typically very social animals, but we could always tell these two had a bit of a connection,” says Sea Life Sydney Aquarium Marine Mammal Supervisor, Andrew Barnes. “We’ve found that both Dugongs at times mimic what the other Dugong is doing. We occasionally hear them vocalising and looking at each other through the acrylic wall, or one Dugong appearing a bit down when the other is not in sight.

“Wuru and Pig are the epitome of the term “opposites attract”, which is why they will maintain their positions in their own tanks and not be moving in together. Whilst they physically look similar, Pig is a very playful animal, while Wuru is more introverted. They have their own personalities and we don’t think Wuru would cope with the amount of attention Pig would give!”

Due to habitat loss, pollution and boat strikes, dugongs are currently listed as vulnerable in the wild and Pig and Wuru serve as dugong ambassadors for Sea Life Sydney Aquarium to help educate the public on the precious species, as well as assisting staff to better understand the species to help the occasional wild Dugong that ends up needing care.

Pig and Wuru – whose couple name is yet to be decided (‘Wig’ or ‘Puru’) – are available to meet and greet guests on Dugong Island at the Darling Harbour attraction from 10am-6pmdaily.

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