Valentine’s Day can be a tough day for the singles, or those who have recently been heartbroken. But don’t worry, I’ve got the perfect news for you—the El Paso Zoo wants to help cheer you up while offering you a bit of “revenge” towards that ex who totally screwed you over.
This Valentine, treat yourself with a gift that keep you going! Employees at the El Paso Zoo are giving you a chance of a lifetime: to name a cockroach after your ex and then watch it get fed to a meerkat live on camera.
The zoo wrote on Facebook:
“What’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Naming a cockroach after your ex, of course!”
All you need to do is send them the first name and initial of the last name of your ex via Facebook messenger and then wait patiently until February 14 to watch the cockroach get devoured during the “Quit Bugging Me” meerkat event, which will live-stream on Facebook and the zoo’s website.
Names of people’s exes will also decorate the meerkat exhibit, just to get the meerkats super pumped to eat a cockroach named after someone who broke your heart, while ensuring the perfect level of public humiliation.
To make it even more humiliating, the public is also invited to attend the “Quit Bugging Me” event.
What more can you ask for? This zoo is giving you all you need to move on from that undeserving ex.
El Paso Zoo event coordinator Sarah Borrego told CBS News:
“This is a fun way to get the community involved in our daily enrichment activities. The meerkats love to get cockroaches as a snack, and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by feeding them a cockroach named after your ex!”
El Paso Zoo isn’t the only wildlife center to offer such a service. If you happen to live in the UK, fear not because the Hemsley Conservation Centre in England also provides a similar service.
The Bronx Zoo in New York and Zoo Boise in Idaho will also charge you less than $15 to name a cockroach after your insignificant other.
It might not sound quite romantic, but as the Bronx Zoo says on its site, ‘after the chocolates have been eaten and the flowers wilt, roaches remain thriving and triumphant.’ Hmmm.
Meanwhile, Sydney Zoo in Australia offers something a little more hardcore. It’ll let you name a highly venomous brown snake after your “snake of an ex.”