Jackie, The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Jackie, the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

That’s Jackie (munching on the cucumber slice), the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach that I got to name as a Valentine’s gift from Jon.

How do I know that Cockroach is Jackie?

Well, I don’t really.  But when I texted a picture of her to my animal-loving friend Jackie (who I named the cockroach after)  she wrote back…”Awww! She’s a hungry foodie just like me”.

So that will have to do.

I have to admit the last time we went to the Bronx Zoo and visited the Madagascar exhibit, I didn’t notice the cockroaches.  There were too many cute and furry animals as well as an alligator to see.  But this time I bypassed them all to get a look at the Cockroaches.  Which wasn’t hard to do because no one else seemed interested in them.

Most people just cringe at the word cockroach.  Like my mother did when I showed her a picture of one of them.  She grew up in tenements in the Bronx and lived with plain old Bronz Cockroaches.

But a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach sounds pretty exotic.

I thought it was pretty smart of the people at the Bronx Zoo, to raise money by giving people a chance to name a cockroach and also making them aware of the insects at the same time.  I didn’t have time to find out anything about them.  But I’ll save that for the next trip to the zoo, when I go to visit Jackie again.

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