This Zoo Offers the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Ex (Warning: Cockroaches are Involved)

Ah, Valentine’s Day. When you have a significant other, the so-called holiday brings a lot of pressure to find the perfect gift. We care a lot, but this article is not for you. This one is for the dumped, the freshly single and the salty. If Valentine’s Day drudges up memories of your ex, then read on for the perfect gift idea.


A Gift for your Ex? Why?

Why would you want to buy a gift for your ex on Valentine’s Day? Catharsis, that’s why. This is no ordinary Valentine’s Day gift! The El Paso Zoo has come up with the most perfect gift you could ever give to your ex.

By simply sending a Facebook message to the zoo, you can have a cockroach named after your ex. But wait, it gets even better. On Valentine’s Day, you can watch your ex’s namesake be devoured by an adorable meerkat.


That’s right. Name a cockroach after your ex and then watch it get eaten. Talk about cathartic!

What's the perfect Valentine's Day gift? ❤️ Naming a cockroach after your ex, of course! Message us your ex's name and…

Posted by El Paso Zoo on Monday, February 4, 2019

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift (For the Dumped)

“This is a fun way to get the community involved in our daily enrichment activities,” said El Paso Zoo even coordinator Sarah Borrego to 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!”

We did not get any details on Ms. Borrego’s love life, but we assume that like most of us, she has a name in mind.

A Roachy Trend

The El Paso Zoo isn’t the only zoo getting in on this fun trend. The Hemsley Conservation Center in Kent, England, and the Bronx Zoo also offers a similar roach-naming gift, which they call “eternal” and “timeless.” We concur!

We have a feeling that since this idea has blown up online, those meerkats will have to loosen their belts after their feeding on February 14.

Who will you name?



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