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After Losing Super Bowl Bet, Atlanta Zoo Had To Name An Animal ‘Tom Brady,’ So They Chose A Cockroach


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Talk about turning lemons into lemonade.

Three-quarters into the Super Bowl, the bet that the Atlanta Zoo and the Roger Williams Park Carousel Village in Rhode Island had agreed upon was looking like a shoe-in for Atlanta. The bet was that the losing side would name a baby animal after the winning team’s star quarterback.

However, as we now know, Tom Brady and the Patriots went berserk and completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. As a result, Atlanta was on the losing end and was forced to name an animal of Brady. You could say they made the best of the situation.

Via Reuters:

Meet baby Madagascar hissing cockroach “Tom Brady,” named after the Super Bowl most valuable player, who led the Patriots from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit to a 34-28 overtime victory.

“Figuring the losing side would be pretty bitter about it, we came to the agreement that baby animal … would be a Madagascar hissing cockroach. So without further ado — Meet our newly-named Program Animal family!” Zoo Atlanta announced and pictured on Instagram on Tuesday.

One of the largest species of cockroach, growing up to seven centimeters (about three inches), Madagascar hissing cockroaches are found inside of rotting logs and some people keep them as pets.

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