What to Do If You Want El Paso Zoo to Name Cockroach After Your Ex
If a bad break-up is still bugging you, get back at the toxic ex with the help of the El Paso Zoo.
The zoo has brought back its massively popular Valentine’s Day event allowing scorned lovers to once again submit the name of the formerly special someone they want assigned to a cockroach and fed to meerkats and other cockroach-eating zoo animals.
It’s called “Quit Bugging Me,” and even though it revolves around 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 exact 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.
Last year, El Pasoans ate up the stunt like, well, hungry meerkats overwhelming the zoo with over 10,000 requests.
This year, because the annual cathartic event has become so popular, zoo officials have extended the time-frame you can submit a request to have a Madagascar hissing cockroach named after the cucaracho or toxica you want to cleanse yourself of through the end of February.
The initial feeding of the crunchy critters will happen on Saturday and Sunday, February 12-13, and, of course, on Valentine’s Day. You can watch the symbolically named cockroaches get devoured by the zoo's insect eaters all three days on the El Paso Zoo Facebook or El Paso Zoo Instagram.
How to Submit a Name
• From now through February 28, 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.