This Texas zoo lets you name a cockroach after your ex and have it fed to an animal

By Alma Fabiani

Published Feb 9, 2024 at 09:55 AM

Reading time: 2 minutes

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and for those of us who aren’t booed up and madly in love, it’s safe to say that the dreaded celebration of everything couple couldn’t be over soon enough. If that’s your case, well, I’ve got some good news for you.

The San Antonio Zoo, based in Texas, US is celebrating Valentine’s Day in a very unique way. Later this month, the facility will be partaking in its annual ‘Cry Me a Cockroach’ fundraiser, which will allow individuals to name a cockroach after their ex that will then get fed to a zoo animal. Yep, you read that right, and I know, that’s a pretty genius move.

Costing $10, the donation is non-refundable, and will help the San Antonio Zoo in its “mission of securing a future for wildlife,” as stated on its website.

After making a donation, and submitting the name of their ex, users will then be sent a digital Valentine’s Day card showing their support for the fundraiser.

And if the thought of ending the life of a poor little cockroach is not your thing, alongside them, people can also name a rodent or veggie after an ex, which will similarly be fed to animals at the zoo.

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The vegetarian option, which costs $5, will be fed to one of the zoo’s vegetarian animals on Valentine’s Day. The vegetables consist of romaine lettuce and cabbage, among other greens, the establishment noted.

The other option, meanwhile, costs $25. With that donation, a pre-frozen rodent will be fed to an animal at the San Antonio Zoo on the annual holiday.

The rodents, which are part of regular daily scheduled feedings for the animals, “are delivered frozen from a mouse farm and stored at our Nutrition Center until thawed for feedings,” according to the zoo.

According to People, the San Antonio Zoo’s fundraiser isn’t the only quirky animal-themed Valentine’s Day offering this year. The Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Blackwood, New Jersey, launched its ‘Neuter Your Ex’ donation event for Valentine’s Day late last month.

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According to an Instagram post from the organisation, a person can donate $50 to the shelter to have a feral cat named after their ex—and then neutered.

“The cat will then be spayed or neutered before being released back to their colony as part of our trap-neuter-return (TNR) program,” Homeward Bound added on social media about the promotion.

“It’s absolutely taken off,” Eric Schwartz, director of development for Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, told CBS News of the reaction to the event.

Be right back, I’m just going to name a cockroach Allan and a feral cat Alex.

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