Bugs and kisses for Valentine's Day

Bugs and kisses for Valentine's Day
female Madagascar hissing cockroach

Or is that hugs and hisses? Connecticut romantics looking for a truly unique gift for Valentine’s Day need look no further than the New York Bronx Zoo, which is now offering the public the opportunity chance to name a Madagascar cockroach after that special someone in their life.

“Flowers wilt. Chocolates melt. Roaches are forever,” the zoo said on its website about the name a roach gift, which was also billed as a limited Valentine’s Day offer. The zoo has approximately 58,000 of the insects available for naming.

“More than 1,000 people chose the cockroach option for their Valentine in the first 24 hours of the offer this week, a zoo spokesman said.

Recipients of the gifts will receive a special certificate letting them know that “there is a special insect living at the zoo with his or her name on it. In addition, they can be proud to know that the “$10 donation for the present will go to helping preserve wildlife and forests in Madagascar,” according to the zoo.

The Madagascar is the largest and noisiest variety of cockroach growing to a size of 2–4 inches at maturity and can live to be about 5 years old. Featured in a number of movies including “Star Ship Troopers’ (1977) and “Men in Black” (1997), these cockroaches have also appeared in a number of television shows as part of “challenges” from “America’s Next Top Model” and “Fear Factor.” They have also gained popularity as household pets in recent years.

For more information on how to order your own Valentine’s Day cockroach contact the Bronx Zoo at 718 220-5100 or visit them online at www.bronxzoo.com