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Centre gives opportunity for people to name a cockroach after ex to celebrate Valentine’s Day



Valentine’s Day couldn’t come at a worse time if you’ve recently spilt up with your significant other and Hemsley Conservation Centre is providing an output for anger by giving the chance to forever link one creature that makes the skin crawl to another.

For just £1.50, you can name one of the centre’s resident cockroaches after your ex – or a friend’s to cheer them up – to mark Valentine’s Day in the most appropriate way possible.

Not only will you receive a certificate immortalising them in their true form and a quiz to compare your former flame to a cockroach, all the money raised will go towards funding projects at the zoo.

And if you include their name in the ‘add note’ section at the checkout, they will also be added to the roach board at the centre for all to see.

After seeing the idea prove to be a hit last year, a statement on the website reads: “For those that don’t quite require revenge, there’s another way to make you feel better about getting back at your ex on Valentine’s Day.

It doesn’t look like they’ll be short of customers, as many took to social media to voice their support for the idea.

One wrote: “So I just named a cockroach after my ex, to be fed to the meerkats on Valentine’s. And honestly it’s the best £1.50 I’ve ever spent.”

A second said: “I never thought I’d say this, but I am going to purchase a cockroach.”

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