For the low, low price of a £5 donation to Dartmoor Zoo in Devon, you can name a cockroach in honour of a special someone. Or, you know, out of spite.
The £5 donation allows you to pick a name for one of the cockroaches, and they’ll even throw in a customisable certificate featuring your chosen name.
On the zoo’s website, a spokesperson said: “If you have bitterness in your heart or unresolved anger towards an ex, a boss, or whoever has been a thorn in your side, this is the perfect opportunity to channel those feelings and get rid of any negative energy!
“All proceeds will help our charity continue the amazing care we provide to our animals, whilst supporting our vital conservation efforts.”
Dartmoor Zoo isn’t the only UK-based location offering you the opportunity to name a cockroach after an ex.
Hemsley Conservation Centre in Kent is also offering the same service for £1.50 to raise funds for projects at the zoo.
On the conservation centre’s website, a notice reads: “The start of 2022 let's face it, hasn't been great... and if you have been dumped recently it is even worse. But now it is time to cast those negative thoughts and feelings aside and to put a smile back on your face!
“For those that don’t quite require revenge, there’s another way to make you feel better about getting back at your ex on Valentine’s Day.”
They added that if you fancy naming one after your least favourite politician, “we wouldn’t blame you!”.
They will also throw in a downloadable certificate, and they will include your ex’s name on their roach board which will be revealed on Valentine’s Day.
In the US, New York’s Bronx Zoo and Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo are offering similar Valentine’s Day delights:
Valentine\u2019s Day is almost here and there\u2019s really only one way to tell someone your love is eternal. Name a Bronx Zoo hissing cockroach for them. Go the extra mile and add a roach hat, roach socks, or romantic roach encounter to complete the package: https://bit.ly/33NiM8w\u00a0pic.twitter.com/E1X38037Cj
This Valentine's Day, name a cockroach in honor of that un-special (or special) someone in your life! For a $15 donation to Brookfield Zoo, you can name a Madagascar hissing cockroach found inside our Hamill Family Play Zoo after your ex (or anyone).pic.twitter.com/D922LjnNq5