Valentine's Day Special: 2 Zoos Offer to Name Snakes or Cockroaches After Your Ex

February 11, 2019 - 12:06 pm

(CBS News) - Looking to get yourself a present this Valentine's Day? The El Paso Zoo has you covered. It will name a cockroach after your ex and then feed it to a meerkat live on camera.

You can message the zoo on Facebook with your ex's name, then wait patiently for February 14 to watch the roach get devoured during the "Quit Bugging Me" meerkat event, which will live-stream on Facebook and the zoo's website. The names of those exes will also be displayed around the meerkat exhibit and on social media starting February 11. The zoo calls it "the perfect Valentine's Day gift."

"This is a fun way to get the community involved in our daily enrichment activities," El Paso Zoo event coordinator Sarah Borrego told CBS News. "The meerkats love to get cockroaches as a snack and what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than by feeding them a cockroach named after your ex!"

The El Paso Zoo isn't the only zoo offering a non-traditional Valentine's Day promotion. The Hemsley Conservation Center in Kent, England, will name a cockroach after your ex in exchange for a donation. You can also name a roach at the Bronx Zoo, which calls them "eternal" and "timeless" gifts.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the Wild Life Sydney Zoo is offering a chance to name a brown snake after your ex. Brown snakes are reportedly venemous.

You just have to fill out a competition entry form and provide your ex's name and the reason why they deserve to have a snake named after them along with a $1 donation that will go towards the Wild Life Conservation Fund.

You get a certificate and the opportunity to visit the snake for free every day for the next year. The zoo's reptile team will select the winning name, which be announced on Valentine’s Day.