Zoo offers roaches, scorpions as Valentine's Day gifts for exes

For $50 and up, you can adopt a scorpion, and the zoo will send a stuffed stinger along with a certificate to the person of your choice, according to the zoo's Adopt-a-Scorpion website. The cockroach valentine will cost you about $25.

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"These invertebrates are aggressive, active and alarmingly nocturnal. Much like your low-life ex, they are usually found in and around low-elevation valleys where they dig elaborate burrows or 'caves,' " the zoo says on its promotion page for the desert scorpion. "Also just like you-know-who, when a suitable victim wanders by, the scorpion grabs the doomed creature with its pincers and stings the prey ... Charming."

The zoo's adopt-an-animal program usually raises money for more cuddly animals like penguins and pandas, but zoo officials decided that helping scorned lovers "never have to encounter a cockroach again" was fitting for Valentine's Day. 

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