Cockroaches are getting respect and admiration at a Japanese zoo

A zoo in Japan is exhibiting one of the world’s most universally reviled creatures: the cockroach.

Yamaguchi’s Tokuyama Zoo (link in Japanese) has around 15 species and 200 individual cockroaches on display at a new attraction. Visitors can enjoy a hands-on experience with the Madagascar hissing cockroach, which grows to a length of 7.6 cm (3 inches)—about the size of a child’s hand. And they can witness cockroach races to see which species is quickest.

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