The San Antonio Zoo is giving the brokenhearted a sense of closure this Valentine’s Day by having them name cockroaches after their despicable exes— before they are fed to an animal.
As part of its first-ever ‘Cry Me a Cockroach’ event, people can pay $5 to name a cockroach and watch it get eaten either in person or on the zoo’s live stream on February 14, meaning scorned lovers don’t even have to live in Texas to get their just deserts.
Those who really want revenge on the rats in their lives have the option to splurge for an upgrade and pay $25 to have a rodent named after their former lovers and served to a snake.
Love is a battlefield: San Antonio Zoo is charging the brokenhearted $5 to name a cockroach after their exes and watch them get FED to an animal on Valentine’s Day
Extra step: Those who really want revenge have the option to splurge for an upgrade and pay $25 to have a rodent named after their former lovers and served to a snake
The zoo has been promoting the event on social media, writing: ‘We’re hosting the first-ever “Cry Me a Cockroach” event. You can name a live cockroach, and we’ll serve it up as a snack to one of our animals. You could even name a rat, and we’ll feed it to a reptile!’
Participants also get a certificate that they can either share on social media or send to their former lovers to put them blast.
‘Dear [Name],’ it reads. ‘You ex, [Name], has named a cockroach in our honor, to be eaten on 2/14. Feel free to tune in now to the cockroach live stream at sazoo.org/you-blew-it.’
People have until 6 p.m. on February 14 to submit a name for the vengeful promotion, and fans have been gleefully taking to Twitter to reveal they have signed up.
Tuning in? Participants can watch their critters get eaten either in person or on the zoo’s live stream on February 14
Dirty dogs: Participants also get a certificate that they can either share on social media or send to their former lovers to put them blast
‘If you or a loved one has ever been personally victimized by Shawn Spahr, please tune in to the San Antonio Zoos live cockroach stream on Valentine’s Day. You’re welcome. @SanAntonioZoo,’ one woman tweeted while sharing her certificate.
‘My mom just donated $5 to the San Antonio Zoo to have a cockroach named after her Ex (my step-dad) to be eaten on Valentine’s Day by an animal via Facebook Live. What a time to be alive!!!’ another wrote.
‘Putting San Antonio on the map one cockroach at a time,’ someone else joked.
A few people got political, with one person claiming to have named a cockroach after the president, tweeting: ‘I name thee Donald Trump. Can I get an amen?’
Loving it: People have been gleefully taking to Twitter to reveal they’ve already signed up
Another Twitter user shared photos of the Republican senators who voted to acquit Trump of his impeachment charges.
‘Naming cockroaches for every one of them at the San Antonio Zoo – Valentine’s Day treat for their reptile residents,’ the person wrote.
While plenty of people were excited about the opportunity to get even, others were disgusted by the practice and slammed the zoo on social media.
The San Antonio Zoo assured critics on Facebook that the rodents they use are purchased from a mouse farm and are delivered frozen.
They also noted that their live roaches are ‘sourced from professional roach breeders’ and ‘the colony is cared for and maintained by the Reptile Department in the Reptile House.’
Fighting back: A few people got political and revealed they named cockroaches after certain politicians
The feeding aspect of the San Antonio Zoo’s promotion is certainly unique, but it’s not the only one of it’s kind.
The El Paso Zoo is offering the same service as part of its three-day ‘Quit Bugging Me Event,’ and while it’s technically free, donations are appreciated.
The Bronx Zoo in New York also has a similar gift, though they have nothing but good intentions with their amorous promotion.
For $15, people can name Madagascar hissing cockroaches in their partners’ honor, and they will receive a certificate to show their loved ones.
‘Name a Roach for your Valentine, because roaches are forever,’ the zoo explains on its website.