This Valentine’s Day, the Bronx Zoo wants to help you show that special someone how much they mean to you with cockroaches.
The Zoo says the perfect gift for your loved one is a Madagascar hissing cockroach. The Madagascar hissing cockroach, or Gromphadorhina portentosa, is two to three inches long, orange and brownish in color and has a life span of up to five years. It hisses by exhaling air through its breathing holes, called spiracles. Their hiss takes three forms: the disturbance hiss, the female-attracting hiss and the aggressive fighting hiss.
You can name a roach in honor of your loved one, or if you prefer, in dishonor of an ex or enemy for merely $15. And this year, according to the Zoo website, you can add a roach-shaped pin, chocolate or socks with roaches on them to up the sweet and cuddly factor.
There are also packages available from $25 to $50, or for the big roach spender, the VIP package for $75 which includes everything: a roach pin, socks delicious chocolates and a printed certificate with the roach’s name, all for your sweetie.
All funds raised go to the Wildlife Conservation Society.