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Name a Roach After Your Bae: Bronx Zoo Continues Its Sweet Tradition

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With Valentine's Day swiftly approaching, many couples will soon be setting off on the quest for chocolate, flowers and the perfect card. But the Bronx Zoo has an opportunity to give an unforgettable gift for that special someone you love. Or for that ex you don't.

Once again the Zoo will, for a small fee, let you name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after someone you know.
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In one of the most unusual holiday traditions we've heard about, the Bronx Zoo will allow you to symbolically give a name to one (or more!) of its 10,000+ flock of Madagascar hissing cockroaches. You will receive a colorful certificate emailed to your loved (or previously loved) one announcing that a cockroach has been named in his or her honor.

The Zoo in San Antonio is playing the same theme with its Cry Me a Cockroach fundraiser, aimed specifically at naming those who made life difficult for you in the past year, whether it be an ex-partner, boss or other individual. Naming a leafy green after your supervisor? That'll be $5. For $10, you can name a roach, and $25 will get you a rodent. There's an upgrade: for an extra fee, you can watch the video of your named critter being fed to one of the hungry zoo animals.

What's the most unusual gift you've heard of (or given)?

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Judy Derby has worked in the surrounding communities as a social worker and advocate. providing resources and information to help local families meet their basic needs. She's been writing about social issues and related topics for over 10 years.

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