Montgomery Zoo man eats hissing cockroach on live TV
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Live talk shows are always a tad bit unpredictable - but
when you throw WSFA 12 News' Judd Davis, Montgomery Zoo representatives, and
hissing bugs together on camera - things get taken to the next level.
Zoo representatives Sarah McKemey and Wayne Brantley brought
some friends, a group of about a dozen Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, with
them to talk about summer camps offered by the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife
These "hissers" are featured during the Zoo's
"Bug Day." Children are given the chance to meet and learn about
these bugs - the largest species of roaches.
As seen on air, Brantley says these cockroaches have roughly
three to four times the amount of protein in them than the same amount of beef
Then, Brantley does the totally unexpected - he pops one of
the bugs in his mouth and takes a bite. This act totally stuns both Judd and
McKemey - and the unseen, but heard, floor crew.
"I usually eat them with some hot sauce for the summer
campers," said Brantley.
The Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches do "hiss" when
they are disturbed.
"They're not actually hissing from their mouths,"
explained Brantley. "They're hissing from their rear ends. They actually
have these little holes called "spiracles" and they squeeze air
"Just like us!" said Judd.
"Yeah, so you guys can make a noise with your rear ends
and so can they." said Brantley.
The Montgomery Zoo has a couple hundred of these cockroaches
on site - but that number is two less today since Brantley ate a second one
shortly after the show broke away for a commercial break.
If you feel up for a snack (not really - they won't let you
eat them) or fancy a visit to the Montgomery Zoo, make sure to check out their
summer camps for kids. And don't forget, dads
get in free on Father's Day.