My Cockroach Valentine

A male and female Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

At 12 noon I joined a Zoom Encounter at the Bronx Zoo to see the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.

It was Jon’s Valentine gift to me. He named one of the many Cockroaches at the Zoo Full Moon Fiber and then we watched as they climbed all over the handler’s arms as she told us about them and answered questions.

The male is the big one upfront.  He has horns that he uses like a deer might, to fight off other males and impress his mate. They hiss for a lot of different reason from mating to fighting.

Jon took a video so you can see the meeting and learn more about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches here.

Then, Valentine, the European Eagle Owl came out and we got to meet her too.   At one point she lowered her head and spit out a pellet.  This is the fur and bones of a small rodent, the part she can’t digest.

I’ve found owl pellets in the woods, but I’ve never seen an owl spit one out.

Apparently, the zoo has zoom meetings with animals often.  Jon was as delighted by the encounter as I was.  So I have a feeling this won’t be our last Zoom visit to the Bronx Zoo.

Valentine, the European Eagle Owl.

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