There are different ways to celebrate the month of love and it does not have to be all romantic and lovey-dovey. If you want to express just how you feel about your ex, then San Antonio Zoo has the perfect idea.
The zoo has an annual Valentine's Day tradition to help raise funds for wildlife in Texas and worldwide. For a donation of $5–$25 (R86- R430), you can name a cockroach after your ex. The zoo also allows donors to name a rodent or veggie after a former partner.
While some will be receiving Valentine's Day flowers and romantic treats, you will receive a digital Valentine's Day card, which your ex will also receive, informing them that a roach has been named after them.
And it turns out many other zoos in the US do this. According to CBS News, The Bronx Zoo also has a "name a roach" program. You can send your ex a tote bag or tumbler with a cockroach image – informing them they have one named after them.
At the El Paso Zoo, the cockroaches you name after your exes are fed to animals at the zoo, like iguanas, skinks and meerkats. While the Houston Museum of Natural Science also allows you to name roaches after exes, and the Florida Aquarium has downloadable roach-themed Valentine's Day cards.
The Lehigh Valley Zoo in Pennsylvania is offering crickets. From now until 14 February, a $5 (R86) donation will allow you to name a feeder cricket, and the zoo will post weekly videos showing the crickets being fed to animals.
Additional information: CBSNews