Rare ‘lefty’ snail Jeremy thought he had got lucky when two potential mates were discovered and brought to Britain’s University of Nottingham.

However, a heartbroken Jeremy was left in the cold as the two newcomers, named Lefty and Tomeu, paired up themselves to produce over 170 baby snails earlier in May.

All three of the garden snails feature extremely rare sinistral, or left-coiling, shells which make it impossible for them to mate with their far more common dextral, right-coiling, relatives, the university revealed in a press release.

The University of Nottingham’s Dr Angus Davison was keen to pair Jeremy with a fellow “lefty” snail to study the genetics of their rare appearance. He even appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in October 2016 to appeal for sinistral snails to be delivered to him for the experiment.

Following the radio appearance Lefty and Tomeu were sent from Ipswich, England, and Majorca, Spain. However, neither mated with Jeremy and they were subsequently paired together.

They produced over 170 babies, all of whom have the more common right-coiling dextral shells. – Reuters