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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.

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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