This Zoo Will Name a Cockroach After Your Ex and Feed It to a Meerkat on Valentine's Day

For certain people, Valentine is a sign of happiness. It is all about full of expensive meals, lovely flowers, luxurious time, and one of the best events. On the other side, for some people, it is a reminder of love lost, time waste and a very bad experience. Are you in the latter group? Where you have adverse memories in your past relationships. However, El Paso Zoo in Texas has an amazing gift for you.


The zoo is presently doing a promotion which permits anybody in the world to name a cockroach after ex and then have it fed to a meerkat on Valentine’s Day. The name of the event is “Quit Bugging Me,” it’s a live stream program so everyone can get the results. Starting from February 11th the names will be showed meerkat exhibit. Sarah Borrego will be coordinating the El Paso Zoo event and she told CBS News that they expect their community to connect with this unusual promotion.

“This is a fun way to get the community involved in our daily enrichment activities. 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!“ Borrego said

“All of us have exes and we are still not over it and it’s a great way to get the community in and also get out a little bit of the frustration,” she added.

According to their Facebook post,

“What’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Naming a cockroach after your ex, of course! Message us your ex’s name and we’ll name a cockroach after them! We’ll post names (First and last name initial!) starting February 11 here on Facebook! Watch on Facebook Live or on our website’s Meerkat webcam on Valentine’s Day at 2:15 pm to see them devour these little bugs!”

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El Paso is not the only Zoo which is trying to cash in on heartbreak for Valentine’s day. There’s another event from Hemsley Conservation Center in Kent, England, will also name a cockroach after your ex for a small donation, however, roach won’t be fed to a meerkat. So a similar promotion will be running at the Bronze zoo.

It is very true that El Paso Zoo’s campaign has met their expectations, they have received an overwhelming response, this below update was recently shared through the Facebook page:

“We’ve had a TREMENDOUS response to our Quit Bugging Me event! ❤️ So much that we have decided to spread the love to some of our other animals here at the zoo! We’ll keep you posted on feeding times next week!”

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