A Zoo Will Let You Name a Cockroach After Your Ex for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day – 14 February – is the one time every year when couples will go to great lengths to express their love for each other.

This can range from going out for a nice dinner to sending flowers to your partner’s work, which is great if you are in a relationship.

If you are single on the other hand, it’s usually just another ordinary day.

Although, San Antonio Zoo has an offer to make Valentine’s day a little bit more special for those who don’t have a loved one and want to get back at someone who has broken their heart.

For only $10 (£8.08), the zoo will name a cockroach after an ex-partner of yours and feed it to an animal.

The annual ‘Cry Me a Cockroach’ fundraiser will raise money to help ‘support the zoo’s vision of securing a future for wildlife in Texas and around the world’ the zoo says on its website.

Cockroach named after ex with love heart light
The zoo will name a cockroach after an ex-partner of yours and feed it to an animal.

There are options for those who are not into bugs, as you can choose to name a vegetable for $5 (£4.04) or name a rodent for $25 (£20.19) instead.

By taking part in the fundraiser, you will receive a digital Valentine’s Day Card from the zoo that will thank you for your support. 

If you want to take it a step further though, you can also opt to send your ex-partner a digital Valentine’s Day Card informing them that a cockroach, rodent, or veggie was named after them and fed to an animal.

If that isn’t enough, you can go one better and pay for a personalised video message to the recipient showing their cockroach, rodent or vegetable being devoured by an animal.

Although this will set you back $150.

The ‘Cry Me a Cockroach’ fundraiser has become a talking point on social media, with people seemingly on board with the idea.

“Yep I’m doing this 100%,” commented one person.

Another user claimed: “Sign me up!”

A third person added: “Many many names crossing my mind right now.”

Someone else said: “How to say I’m not over my ex without extra and pathetic about it.” 

A fifth user commented: “So if you donate to the San Antonio zoo for Valentine’s day, you get to name a cockroach after your ex. 

“I actually wish mine nothing but the best, but more power to those of ya who wanna have a bit of fun.”

If you are interested in this you’ll need to submit your ex’s name online before Valentine’s Day.

The annual event is certainly a success, with the zoo receiving more than 8000 donations from 50 states and over 30 different countries. 

Cyle Perez, the zoo’s director of public relations, told CNN: “Right now, we are on track to break last year’s record, with ‘Zach,’ ‘Ray’ and ‘Adam’ being the most submitted ex-names so far.” 

So if you want one way to send a message to show an ex that you’re no longer interested, this is certainly one method.

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