Feeling romantic? Then name a cockroach after your sweetheart

Feeling romantic? Then name a cockroach after your sweetheart
Soure: Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society

“My funny valentine/Sweet comic valentine,” Lorenz Hart wrote to accompany a Richard Rodgers melody in one number from the 1937 musical “Babes in Arms.” As this year’s Valentine’s Day approaches, the Bronx Zoo is offering a rare chance for you to send a funny valentine of your own. Whether it will be appreciated by the recipient depends on how good a sport she or he is.

The Associated Press reports (via Yahoo News) that for a $10 donation, the zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Society will name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after your better (or worse) half.

The zoo’s website features a jarring glamour shot — a 2-inch-wide roach image, resplendent amid the rose petals.

Among the selling points: the creature’s “surprisingly high tolerance for radiation.”

The headline: “Seal it with a Hiss.”

According to the zoo, thousands of “hopeless romantics” have availed themselves of this curious opportunity.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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