Keith Richards gets cockroach named after him for birthday

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A museum in Keith Richards’ home state gave him an unusual birthday present: a creepy-crawly cockroach.

In honor of his 77th birthday on December 18, the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut, named a Madagascar hissing cockroach “Keith” to commemorate the Rolling Stones rocker’s special day.

Keith the cockroach even got his own cockroach-sized guitar for his enclosure, thanks to Denver classic rock station 103.5 The Fox, which sponsored the adoption.

The cockroach will permanently live at the museum, which is located just 60 miles north of Richards’ home in Weston, in an enclosure and will be cared for by staff at the museum, noting that “all of his rider demands will be met.”

“It is said the only two things to survive a nuclear war would be cockroaches and Keith Richards,” the museum wrote in a press release. “Chances are the real Keith will outlive the newly named, oval-shaped invertebrate whose life span is two to five years.”

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Keith the Cockroach checks out his mini guitar at the Children’s Museum.
The Children’s Museum

The museum said it was inspired to name the nightcrawler after Richards, who himself has notoriously cheated death on several occasions, including when he fell out of a coconut tree in 2006 and in 1978 when someone laced his dope with strychnine, which landed him in a coma.

Stones fans not creeped out by insects can visit Keith the Cockroach by getting tickets on The Children’s Museum in West Hartford website. Admission is $8 for both adults and children.

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