If a bad break-up is still bugging you, get back at your former love with the help of the El Paso Zoo.

The zoo announced it will be bringing back its massively popular Valentine’s Day event allowing scorned lovers to once again submit the name of a formerly special someone which will be assigned to a cockroach and fed to a meerkat and other cockroach-eating zoo animals.

It’s called “Quit Bugging Me,” and even though it’s being held on the holiest day of love, it’s really more of an anti-Valentine’s Day thing. And it doesn’t have to be a former flame you wish to extract revenge on, either. You can submit the name of whomever has been "bugging" you – a boss, friend (former or present), co-worker – anyone who has been irritating the s**t out of you and you’re ready to go petty on them.

“Insects are a special treat for our animal friends,” said El Paso Zoo Director Joe Montisano via city press release. “The fact that you can assign a name of a spouse, boss or really anything that is bugging you is just added cathartic release. I know I will be purchasing a few for COVID, face masks, and maybe even an ex-wife or two.”

Last year, El Pasoans ate up the stunt like, well, hungry meerkats overwhelming the zoo with over 20,000 requests, resulting in enough Madagascar hissing cockroaches for all cockroach-loving zoo animals, not just the meerkats.

How can I get in on the acrimonious fun, you might be wondering? Okay, here's what you need to know:

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Getty Images/iStockphoto

• From now through February 12, submit the first name of your ex via the zoo’s website.

• There is no fee to submit a name, but donations are encouraged. All monies raised will be used to fund the El Paso Zoo’s conservation efforts. Zoo Director Montisano has pledged to eat a cockroach for every $1,000 raised.

• When you log onto the submission page you will see two buttons: “Submit Name with Donation” and “Submit Name Without Donation.” Click on whichever one works for you.

• Only names submitted through the website will be accepted. Names sent via Facebook or any of the El Paso zoo's other social media accounts will not be part of the promotion.

• Only the ex's first name will be displayed. The sender's name will not be. All names will be displayed anonymously.

How to Watch

"Quit Bugging Me" will be streamed live via the El Paso Zoo Facebook on Saturday, Feb. 13 and on Valentine’s Day. And since the El Paso Zoo is allowing visitors back in as of Feb. 10, you can catch feedings in person at the zoo’s amphitheater (limited capacity).

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