Hissing Cockroaches, Leopard Cubs Among Zoo’s Adopt-An-Animal Gifts For Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2020 14:00 pm · 5 comments

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like an adorable snow leopard cub. On the other hand, a Madagascar hissing cockroach more than adequately conveys ‘good riddance’.

For Valentine’s Day this year, the San Francisco Zoo is offering a variety of special Adopt-an-Animal gifts that include plush animals and realistic rubber replicas of insects designed to send the perfect message.

After all, it’s the thought that counts.

“Depending upon whether you consider a hiss to be a sign of love or love lost – as in ‘good riddance’ – or perhaps because one type of cockroach hiss is actually a female-attracting hiss, the gift of an adoption of one of our Madagascar hissing cockroaches can be anything you want it to be,” said Patrick Schlemmer, Curator of Invertebrates at the zoo.

The gifts cost $50 each and include a custom adoption certificate, a collector’s photo, a plush animal (or rubber replica in the case of the cockroaches) and candy hearts.

Assorted creatures available include the hissing cockroaches, snow leopard cubs, a pair of charismatic orangutans, an Asian forest scorpion and snow leopard cubs.

Schlemmer pointed out that scorpions go through a romantic courtship dance, holding each other’s pincers while doing a sort of waltz.

“Of course, if the female is unsatisfied with her dancing partner, she can simply eat him,” Schlemmer said.

The gifts are available for purchase online at www.sfzoo.org, through Valentine’s Day.

Dorothy February 10, 2020 at 3:10 PM

Hummm, no thanks. Even a fake cockroach is too much.

Doh February 10, 2020 at 3:25 PM

Saw a story last week where a zoo will name a cockroach or a rat after your ex. Then it will be fed to a lizard.

The Professor February 10, 2020 at 3:38 PM

Can I adopt a poop throwing chimp?

I could bring him to Mark’s next town hall.

Bob February 11, 2020 at 12:58 AM

Better still, put him on the ballot

Silva February 10, 2020 at 4:28 PM

I’ve seen real Madagascar hissing cockroaches for sale at the East Bay Vivarium. People keep them as pets. They’re enormous. When they got new batches they soon got used to being handled and no longer hissed. So you just end up with a jumbo size (quiet) cockroach

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