Getting over an ex isn’t easy, but El Paso Zoo is here to help

By Staff Writer Zach Lunghi.

The El Paso Zoo in Texas, as well as many others across the country, have all run a similar event this past Valentine’s Day which takes the meaning of “petty” to a whole new level.

They have given the public an opportunity to name a cockroach after their ex-partner and watch it be fed to one of the zoo’s animals on Facebook Live.
Prior to February 14th, participants would send a private message to the zoo’s Facebook account containing the first name/last initial of their ex and, then tune in on Valentine’s Day to watch.

According to the El Paso Zoo’s Facebook page, “we’ve had an enormous OVERWHELMING response to our Quit Bugging Me promotion!”
As a result of this event’s success, they actually had to stop taking submissions four days before they went live.

The zoo streamed multiple times throughout the day and, had around 14,700 total views by the time they were done.

A few minutes before each round of sacrifices, dedicated to that not-so-special someone, the El Paso Zoo would post an album of photos containing the names of those who were about to become lunch for one of the zoo’s animals.

There were three rounds total, the first round contained 59 photos, the second album had 50 and, the last one had 25.

For those of you who don’t want to do quick math , that’s a total of 134 submissions, 134 broken hearts who found solace in a meerkat eating a representation of their ex on Facebook Live. Which I guess is interesting?

However, the real spectacle of the streams wasn’t their weird display of catharsis but rather, what viewers had to say in the comment section.

Many joked that not even the animals wanted their ex, when the animals wouldn’t eat the cockroaches.

Facebook user, Bryan Krebsbach, chose to take stabs at his former-partner when he commented, “It’s still an insult to the cockroach to name one after my ex…”
With 30 likes on that one comment it seemed that Krebsbach wasn’t the only one holding that frame of mind.

Valentine’s Day is always an interesting time. Some spend it with the person they love while others stay at home and, watch Netflix.

For a lot of us, the first Valentine’s Day after a break up can be really tough.
Hopefully, you won’t be motivated to get revenge on your ex, even if they did you wrong.
The El Paso Zoo has given you the option to do neither of those things and exact revenge on your ex in the weirdest way imaginable.

The bright side is the revenge is very indirect and the ex will likely never know about it.
But, if you’re really that mad, maybe just stick with a classy subtweet, anything but naming a cockroach after them and sacrificing it to a zoo animal.

I’d also like to add that some viewers of the event noticed two of the cockroaches were named “Donald T.”
So, maybe it wasn’t all that bad…

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