Choosing the perfect gift for your Valentine can be a cumbersome task. It has to be perfect and match the likes of your favorite man or woman. Chocolate covered cherries, flowers, and jewelry are always winners. Yet, sometimes they are simply too ordinary to pack the punch that is trying to be conveyed, especially if the gift is for an ex-boyfriend, girlfriend, or even an ex-spouse. The Bronx Zoo has provided the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the ex in your life by offering the opportunity to name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after your previous love interest. In return, the Bronx Zoo will send the recipient a certificate as a memorable keepsake.
The Bronx Zoo calls the program “Seal it with a Hiss,” and allows anyone to name a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach after anyone they wish. The program began in 2011 and has been a massive hit ever since. For only $10, a roach can be given a name and the recipient will be mailed a colorful certificate to commemorate the experience, sent via email. The $10 fee will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
According to the Associated Press, some selling points of naming a cockroach after a loved one, or not so loved in some cases, will leave a gift that may survive even a nuclear blast. This is due to the Madagascar hissing cockroach’s “surprisingly high tolerance for radiation.” With so many cockroaches being born every day, the supply to name is endless and may be suitable for anyone that has a lot of ex’s in their lives. It is also a great gag gift for friends and those that might have everything else.
PIX 11 shared that the comical program does benefit a good cause. All the money from the “Seal it with a Hiss” event will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society and will be used for worldwide conservation. The Bronx Zoo website also shares the information.
“With your support, we’ll continue to work for wildlife in the forests of Madagascar and throughout the world’s most majestic wild places.”
The promotion not only allows a bit of harmless comical revenge against an ex lover, but also brings a great amount of awareness to the Bronx Zoo and endangered wildlife as well. Although the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach is far from being endangered, their abundance allows for many people to name a unique roach and share their $10 fee with other animals and exotic locations to foster preservation.
[Photo Courtesy: Live Science]