For just $5, San Antonio Zoo is offering you the chance to watch birds, reptiles or a mammal eat a cockroach named after your ex.
Are you going through a tough breakup and spending your waking hours imagining various scenarios to annoy your ex? Well, the closest legal thing you can do is watch a cockroach named after your ex get eaten on Valentine's Day. What's more cathartic than that? For just $5 dollars, San Antonio Zoo is offering you the chance to watch birds, reptiles or a mammal eat a cockroach named after your ex, reported CNN. The offer comes as part of the zoo's Cry Me a Cockroach Valentine's Day campaign. If you've watched your ex post pictures with their new partner on Instagram a little too soon for your liking, you can always up the ante. Shell out $20 to have zookeepers feed a frozen rat to a reptile instead. If you're not into watching other animals getting eaten, then watch herbivore animals avenge your broken heart by tearing into romaine lettuce, cabbage, and other leafy greens. The campaign was incredibly successful last year and makes a return after much demand from the public.
Obviously, with the pandemic, it's not going to be easy, or entirely safe, to go to the zoo to watch a pest/leafy vegetable named after your ex get devoured, but you can watch it happen online from the comfort of your bed at home. San Antonio Zoo will stream the feedings on Facebook Live, and you can also share the video with... your ex. What's better is that you'll also get a certificate to share on social media. If you're up for it, you could tag your ex and let them know how you feel. Those who feel hard done by their partner have time until February 13 at 6 p.m. ET to register on the zoo's website. The zoo will only display first names during the event.
"You will be able to symbolically name a cockroach after your ex, and we will serve it up as an enrichment treat to one of our animals for only $5. If your ex was a snake, you can name a pre-frozen rat after them, and we will feed it to a reptile for $25!" read a statement on their website. "NEW for 2021, you can also symbolically purchase a herbivore option for those roommates who never pick up after themselves or for the people you’ve been stuck with, in quarantine for $5, and we will feed them to one of our vegetarian animals! On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, we will be showing our ‘Cry Me A Cockroach!’ feeding frenzy on our social media pages! Birds, reptiles, and mammals from San Antonio Zoo will join in on this feast."
President and CEO Tim Morrow said that the campaign is a win-win for all those involved (except your ex), as cockroaches, rats, and vegetables are all a part of the animals' natural diets. "Cry Me a Cockroach gives guests not only the opportunity to forget someone who may have wronged them but also a direct link to the care of our animals. These feeder insects and humanely pre-frozen rodents are already a part of our animals' typical diets. Although small, they really are the unsung heroes of the food chain," said Morrow. All money raised from the "Cry Me A Cockroach" event will go towards expanding the zoo's jaguar habitat with a connected overhead catwalk. You can click here to have a pest named after your ex be devoured.