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article imageCockroaches for Valentine's Day

By Lynn Curwin     Feb 13, 2011 in World
Bronx - What better way to express your feelings for someone special on Valentine's Day than to name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after them.
"Flowers wilt. Chocolates melt. Roaches are forever," says the Bronx Zoo.
The zoo, which is run by the Wildlife Conservation Society, has 58,000 of the large brown insects.
For a $10 (£6.25) donation, which will go toward the conservation of a variety of animals, people can name an insect and will receive a certificate they can present to someone, letting them know there is a cockroach at the zoo named after them.
"Naming a roach in honor of someone near and dear to your heart shows that you've noticed how resilient, resourceful, and loyal that person is," says the zoo. "Or maybe it's in recognition of your one and only's virility, or strength in the face of high radiation. You're not afraid to say, "Baby, you're a roach!""
Reuters reported that a zoo spokesman said that more than 1,000 people took advantage of the offer during the first 24 hours it was being offered.
The creatures grow up to 7.5 centimetres (three inches) long.
Males ram one another with their horns and hiss at one another during battle.
"Like 99 percent of all cockroach species, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are not pests and do not inhabit human dwellings," stated National Geographic.
They live two to five years in the wild.
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