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Cockroaches named after exes fed to zoo animals

By The Associated Press • Feb 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Not in the Valentine's Day spirit? A Texas zoo has a cockroach that can help.

The El Paso Zoo is running a promotion called "Quit Bugging Me" that allows people to name cockroaches after ex-spouses, former friends or anyone else on the nope list.

Last Thursday, the cockroaches were fed to various zoo animals.

The zoo's Facebook page featured dozens of pink-heart graphics showing black cockroaches and various first names or initials of people's exes. Zoo officials say the response had been so overwhelming that they cut off the submission period.

The zoo's meerkats exhibit was decorated with the submitted names on Valentine’s Day. And later in the day, cockroaches were fed to meerkats, tamarins, marmosets and other zoo animals.

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