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I 'roach' you this valentine: Bronx Zoo offers creepy gift

Giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches cling to box prior to being cremated a Bangkok hospital on May 23, 2003. (REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang)

Giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches cling to box prior to being cremated a Bangkok hospital on May 23, 2003. (REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang)

It has been said that Valentine’s Day is one for the world’s amateurs, but for the last-minute shopper fatigued on chocolates, flowers and overrated restaurant reservations, the Bronx Zoo is offering a perfect little something (creepy) for just $10.

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Dubbed “Name-a-Roach,” the gift drive debuted in 2011 and serves as a fundraiser for the World Conservation Society. In a nutshell, it allows donors to name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after a loved one, or not-so-loved one, such as an ex.

For the great low price of $10, the zoo will send the lucky recipient a digital certificate to cement the purchase and cherish for a lifetime...or not.

The Madagascar hissing cockroach is the world’s largest cockroach species, often growing to nearly four-inches long, according to the Bronx Zoo. 

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“The namesake hissing noise is emitted as a defense mechanism,” wrote the Bronx Zoo in a press release. “Like nearly every roach species, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are not considered pests and rarely enter homes.”

Whether the giver and recipient are completely creeped out or totally amused, the WCS and Bronx Zoo promise not to judge.