Texas Zoo Will Name a Cockroach After Your Ex for Valentine's Day (Then Feed It to a Meerkat!)

El Paso zoo has invited the public to name a cockroach after their exes, and have the critters fed to meerkats on Valentine's Day!

A young meerkat pup finds a grub during the clans morning foraging time
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A Texas zoo wants to help you get over your ex just in time for Valentine’s Day — and they’re using cockroaches to do it!

The El Paso Zoo announced its special Valentine’s Day event, aptly titled “Quit Bugging Me,” on Facebook on Monday, inviting the public to name a cockroach after their exes. The bugs will then be fed to meerkats at the zoo.

“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!” zoo officials wrote in the Facebook post.

“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!”

Those who want to participate are to send their exes’ names in a direct message to the zoo through its Facebook page by Feb. 10, according to KFDM. On Valentine’s Day, zoo staff will decorate the zoo’s meerkat exhibit with the names before feeding the roaches to the animals.

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“This is a fun way to get the community involved in our daily enrichment activities,” zoo event coordinator Sarah Borrego told KFDM. “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!”

Social media users quickly took to the idea, and the Facebook post has been shared more than 4,500 times. The interest has even prompted zoo officials to include other animals in the Valentine’s Day event.

“We’ve had a TREMENDOUS response to our Quit Bugging Me event!” officials wrote in a follow-up Facebook post on Thursday.

“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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