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Valentine’s day stunner: Handsome monkey get’s lonely hearts column ahead of holiday

A clever monkey has been introduced in a lonely hearts column in an attempt to find him a perfect match for Valentine’s day. Maarten colobus monkey is looking for love in the form of an adopter and was included in the lonely hearts column by his guardians. (Credit: SWNS)

Ladies, eat your heart out. Or rather, maybe some fruit and leaves.

Known as Maarten, this colobus monkey is listed in the lonely hearts column looking for a Valentine’s day contest by his keepers at Drusillas Park in East Sussex, reports SWNS.

The six-year-old primate has a blank approval plaque (most of the other animals in the zoo have adopters) and are watchers are keen to get him in on the action.

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“It is clear that martin is loved by his keepers and visitors, the” head keeper Sophie Leadbitter said. “But it is heartbreaking to see his empty approval plaque outside of his enclosure every day. He is a gentle monkey who loves to relax in the summer in the sun or enjoy a nap on his back after a tasty meal.”

A profile worthy of your favorite dating app, Leadbitter said Maarten, “[h]as beautiful, with dark eyes and a full white tail, and is a perfect animal to adopt, forums beloved this Valentine’s Day.”

“Honest, bubbly and all-round nice monkey, Maarten is looking for love in the form of an adoption,” she added.

The six-year-old primate is a favorite among the staff from Drusillas Park, but his approval plaque remains blank. (Credit: SWNS)

Colobus monkeys have a digestive system similar to cows with three or four rooms and bacteria for the breaking down of the leaves, making Maarten occasionally burp. But that was “smart links … from Maarten’s column,” a zoo spokesman said.

Anyone who is looking for a recording of martin will have to fend off competition, and the situation might get a bit “hairy” – he currently shares his enclosure with three female monkeys.

The zoo said it is offering almost 15 percent discount on all colobus monkey adoptions to celebrate the holiday and all users get a free tickets for a visit to their adopted animal, an adoption certificate and plaque and a picture of the animals they have adopted.

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Let’s hope cupid’s arrow finds Maarten before it is too late.

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