Name A Cockroach After An Ex And This Zoo Will Feed It To Meerkats For Valentine's Day

Ryan Ford 6 Feb 2019

Getting over an ex is seldom easy. Even if you've been treated harshly, and you're well aware that your ex is a world class jerk and you know you're much better off without them, it's difficult to get past the hurt. You have to take every opportunity you can to put the past where it firmly belongs.

One thing you can count on is that just about everybody else in the world has been there and knows the feeling all too well. Even scientists!

For the singles out there, Valentine's Day isn't so much fun.


It's basically a reminder of your alone-ness in the universe and is an effective way to re-open every old wound for a good dose of salt and lemon.

Even those of us who don't tend to hold grudges can usually find some wrong from the past to dig up and dust off.

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If you're nursing some heartache, there are a couple of scientific bodies on your side that want to help you take a dig at your ex.

Facebook | Hemsley Conservation Centre

You might have heard that Hemsley Conservation Centre in Britain is offering folks the opportunity to name a cockroach after an ex for $2. They're raising funds for a few of their projects.

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If you donate that $2 to Hemsley to name a cockroach after your ex, that name will go up on a board at their cockroach enclosure.

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And you'll get a certificate that gets you admission into Hemsley, but otherwise it's just a keepsake.

El Paso Zoo, however, is going the extra mile for the wronged this Valentine's Day.

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Without even asking for donations, El Paso Zoo is offering to let folks name a cockroach after their ex, and then they'll feed it to their meerkats.

Facebook | El Paso Zoo

They're calling the event "Quit Bugging Me," and it's about as straightforward as it sounds.

Send them your ex's name through a Facebook message by February 10 and they'll post the names (first and last name initial) on Facebook starting February 11.

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Then, on Valentine's Day, it's the match the meerkats have been waiting for.

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At 2:15 p.m. local time, the feeding frenzy begins. You can go watch in person if you're in the area, but they'll also be broadcasting the event on Facebook Live and on their website's meerkat cam.

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So why would El Paso do this all for free?

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"This is a fun way to get the community involved in our daily enrichment activities," the zoo's event coordinator, Sarah Borrego, told KFOX.

"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!"

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It looks like those meerkats are already in for a fine meal.

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In the short time the zoo's Facebook post about the Quit Bugging Me event has been live, they've already received more than 200 comments, many of them just a name with an initial.

There are a lot of hurting folks out there who want to give those meerkats a treat!

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