Gift your Valentine ‘Cocoa-Roach’ for everlasting love

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2012, 19:40 PM IST

Washington: Bronx Zoo in New York has offered lovers the opportunity of naming a roach after their loved one and a 100 percent solid dark chocolate “Cocoa-Roach”, to make sure that the ‘special someone’ knows their lover’s feelings are forever.

Last year thousands of hopeless romantics from around the world named real live Madagascar hissing cockroaches at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo after their favourite loved one, “ex,” or mother-in-law.

The zoo is again offering the opportunity to name a new crop of cockroaches for Valentine’s Day 2012. Each gift comes with a colourful certificate emailed to your loved one announcing that a cockroach has been named in his or her honour, Newswise reported.

To make the offer even sweeter, this year the lovers can also purchase a Cocoa-Roach for that special someone, a genuine artisanal 100 percent solid dark chocolate likeness of a Madagascar hissing cockroach – the world’s largest member of the roach family.

Cocoa-Roaches are created with precision and artistry by chocolatier Sabrina Berkowitz of The Chocolate Box NYC. Brilliantly crafted to include every detail, each Cocoa-Roach is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Each name costs 10 dollars, Cocoa-Roaches are an additional 15 dollars for one or 25 dollars for a Cocoa-Roach couple. All proceeds will go to help the Wildlife Conservation Society save wildlife and wild places around the world.

The zoo has plenty of roaches to name with thousands of the super-sized bugs on exhibit in Madagascar!—an award-winning habitat for lemurs, crocodiles, and many other species from the African island nation.

Madagascar hissing cockroaches are the world’s largest roach species reaching nearly four-inches long. The namesake hissing noise is emitted as a defense mechanism. Like nearly every roach species, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are not considered pests and rarely enter homes.

Cocoa-Roaches are 100 percent solid chocolate and are not chocolate covered roaches. They need to be ordered by Monday, February 6, 2012 to ensure delivery for Valentine’s Day.

ANI