Name a Valentine’s Day cricket after your ex and feed it to a Lehigh Valley zoo animal

Written by on February 10, 2021

Name a Valentine’s Day cricket after your ex and feed it to a Lehigh Valley zoo animal 

By Haley O’Brien

February 10, 2021

The entrance to the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Photo| Courtesy of the Lehigh Valley Zoo

The Lehigh Valley Zoo is hosting an anti-valentines fundraiser that might help you get some closure. 

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If you’re not feeling the love this Valentine’s Day, that’s okay. For a donation of $5, you can name a cricket after your ex. Then, you can watch a fox, reptile, or other zoo animals eat it in a FaceBook video.

Amanda Shurr, president and chief executive officer at the zoo, says the fundraiser is stirring up a lot of attention. 

But don’t worry exes, Shurr says they won’t expose you.

“So we use a first name and maybe a last initial we’re not using full names. Some people were very specific in their names and added a nickname, so we cleaned that up to make sure it’s more content friendly.

“I think last week we had one of our tarantulas and I was like ‘ahhh!!’ But it’s good, it’s a good representation of all the different animals that we have at the zoo,” Shurr says

The zoo is also auctioning off a carcass to be named after your ex and fed to wolves. The bidding starts at $400 and proceeds go to care for the animals.

Shurr says they may repeat this fundraiser next year and explore the possibility of letting people participate in the feedings, too. 

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