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On Valentine's Day, express your love with a giant hissing cockroach

On Valentine's Day, nothing says 'I love you' more than naming a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach after your beloved. Now the Bronx Zoo is offering just that opportunity.

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One of the largest species of cockroach, the Madagascar hissing cockroach, can grow to nearly 4 inches long. They can hiss by expelling air through the breathing pores in their thorax and abdomen.

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For those still searching for that perfect Valentine's Day offering, the Bronx Zoo in New York City has a gift that is romantic, practical, long-lasting — and no delivery box is required. Thankfully.

For $10, you can name one of the zoo's 58,000 resident Madagascar hissing cockroaches after a loved one.

More than 4,000 romantics have already named one of the giant roaches — the world's largest roach species — after a beloved forValentine's Day, sending a clear message to their sweethearts that their love will endure, just like a roach.

Some of the roaches at the zoo are now blessed with such names as Hissing Hottie, Cranky Frankie, Lisa Lovebug and Hisssterical.

"Nothing says forever like a cockroach," said Jim Breheny, senior vice president for Living Institutions and director of the Bronx Zoo. "They are resourceful, resilient and have been around for hundreds of millions of years."

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