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Name a Cockroach After Your Ex (and Feed It to an Animal) at This Zoo

A graphic of a cockroach holding Valentine's Day candies with negative messages
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Looking to exact some Valentine’s Day revenge? Well, the San Antonio Zoo has got you covered with their annual “Cry Me a Cockroach Fundraiser.”

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Whether you’ve been broken up with, wronged or cheated on, you can pay just $10 USD to name a cockroach after your ex and feed it to an animal. If you’re looking to send a cold message to your former flame, this might be the Valentine’s Day greeting for you – especially considering it raises money for a good cause.

Every year the San Antonio Zoo hosts the “Cry Me a Cockroach Fundraiser” to raise money to “support the zoo’s vision of securing a future for wildlife in Texas and around the world,” according to the zoo’s website.

If cockroaches aren’t your thing, you can opt for a $25 USD rodent – but if both of these options feel a little to harsh, you can purchase a vegetable and feed it to an animal for $5 USD instead.

If you buy a cockroach (or a rodent or vegetable), you’ll also receive a digital Valentine’s Day Card in honour of their support for the zoo. Plus, you can opt to send your love-gone-wrong a digital Valentine’s Day Card informing them of your oh-so-thoughtful gift.

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If you’re really ready to make your ex rue the day that they wronged you, you can upgrade the package for $150 USD, which would allow you to send along a personalized video message to the recipient, documenting their cockroach, rodent or vegetable getting eaten by an animal.

According to CTV News, the event is a fan-favourite. In fact, last year they got more than 8,000 donations from all 50 states and more than 30 countries.

“Right now, we are on track to break last year’s record,” the zoo’s Director of Public Relations Cyle Perez explains, “with ‘Zach,’ ‘Ray’ and ‘Adam’ being the most submitted ex-names so far.”


You better act fast if you’re ready for revenge, as you’ll have to submit your ex’s name online before February 14.

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