Valentine's Day, say it with cockroaches

2012-01-24 22:41

New York - Shakespeare asked if he should compare his lover "to a summer's day." A New York zoo suggests cockroaches instead.

Ahead of Valentine's Day next month the Bronx Zoo wants New Yorkers to pay $10 for the right to give their sweetheart's name - or perhaps that of an ex - to one of its Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

For $25, lovebirds can name a cockroach couple.

"There is no better way to say "forever" than with the gift of a cockroach. The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is offering a light-hearted way to make sure your loved one knows your feelings are forever - with a roach in their name," the zoo said in a statement.

"Each gift comes with a colourful certificate emailed to your loved one announcing that a cockroach has been named in his or her honour."

To sweeten the deal, the zoo is also offering boxes of chocolate replica cockroaches.

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