You can name a cockroach after your ex for Valentine’s Day at this Kent zoo

Is there a past lover in your life who deserves this? (Picture: Reuters)

For some, Valentine’s Day is a painful reminder of a former lover.

Maybe you’re still getting over a bad breakup, maybe your last partner hurt you badly, or maybe you want to celebrate having dodged a bullet.

Whatever the reason, if you feel like you have unfinished business with an ex, now there’s a perfect way to get your revenge this Valentine’s Day.

In honor of the day of lovers, a zoo in Kent is giving people the chance to name a cockroach after their ex.

Hemsley Conservation Centre in Fairseat near Gravesend is offering this unique way for wounded lovers to get their own back on a former beau – and all the money raised will go to charity.

All you have to do is pay a £donation of £1.50, and you will get a certificate confirming the name of your roach, and your ex’s name will appear on the zoo’s roach board next to the creepy crawly enclosure.

The funny concept was first launched by the zoo in 2019. And, after receiving more than 15,000 names and raising around £20,000, HCC decided to run the cockroach naming programme again in 2020.

Henry Weedon, Operations Manager at Hemsley Conservation Centre poses with a cockroach, in Fairseat, Kent, Britain, February 10, 2022. Picture taken February 10, 2022. REUTERS/Gerhard MeyThe creepy crawlies get a bad rap (Picture: Reuters)

2021 was a write-off because of the pandemic, but it’s back for 2022. This time around the zoo is suggesting you could name a critter after your least favourite politician if you don’t fancy dredging up old heartbreaks.

The website reads: ‘The start of 2022, let’s face it, hasn’t been great… and if you have been dumped recently it is even worse. But now it is time to cast those negative thoughts and feelings aside and to put a smile back on your face.

‘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.

Henry Weedon, Operations Manager at Hemsley Conservation Centre poses with a cockroach near a Valentine's Day card, in Fairseat, Kent, Britain, February 10, 2022. Picture taken February 10, 2022. REUTERS/Gerhard MeyIt costs £1.50 to name a roach – the money goes to conservation projects (Picture: Reuters)

‘We are highlighting these creatures through our ‘name a cockroach programme’ (we think adopt is a little too strong, after all – you probably don’t want to adopt your friend’s ex) to raise money for our projects at the zoo.’

Sadly, the deadline to include your ex’s name was February 10, so you have missed your window for this year. But you can certainly scan the list of new names to see if you spot anyone familiar.

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This wasn’t the only light-hearted revenge naming scheme that was launched this month. A refuse company also offered the chance to name a bin after your ex.

The perfect homage to a trash lover.

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