WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is what El Paso Zoo, Texas is offering: naming a cockroach after your former partner and feeding it to a meerkat!
- Aptly called “Quit Bugging Me’, the feeding event which has become extremely popular is the zoo’s way of engaging the whole community in its enrichment activities.
- Meerkats love cockroaches for snacks; however, since each will receive one insect, the others will be shared to other animals in the zoo including marmosets and tamarins.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and a fun and unique way to celebrate it –is naming a cockroach after your ex!
People from all over the world are given the chance to name a roach after their ex and then watch it being fed to a family of ravenous meerkats on Valentine’s Day.
A treat offered by El Paso Zoo in Texas, the appropriately named event “Quit Bugging Me!!!” will be live-streamed from the zoo’s Facebook page.
To ensure the perfect level of public humiliation, all you have to do is send the zoo via Facebook messenger the first name and initial of the last name of your ex. Then the fun begins! Aside from feeding your no-good ex to some adorable fluffies, his name will also be displayed in and around the meerkat enclosure and on social media as well from February 11.
Petty as it may seem, “it’s a fun way to get the community involved” in the zoo’s daily enrichment activities, El Paso Zoo event coordinator Sarah Borrego told CBS News.
However, due to its popularity, about 1,500 names were reportedly submitted since Monday, zoo officials said only some will be given to meerkats, while the rest will be shared to the zoo’s other animals.
Borrego told the BBC that cockroaches are considered treats for meerkats. Since each meerkat will receive just one insect, zoo staff decided to “share the love” to other zoo residents like the cotton-top tamarins, golden tamarins, and white-headed marmosets.
Such services are not offered by El Paso Zoo alone. Hemsley Conservation Center in the UK will name a roach after your ex for £1.50 ($2), while New York’s Bronx Zoo charges £15 and £10 in Zoo Boise, Idaho to name one after your former significant other.
Meanwhile, naming a highly venomous brown snake after your ‘snake of an ex’ may seem a bit hardcore, but it’s now being offered by Sydney Zoo in Australia. Hmm.
Source: IFL Science