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Hissing Madagascar Cockroach Resident in West Hartford Renamed to Honor Keith Richards

Conny the Whale, the iconic replica of a sperm whale, was constructed in front of the Children's Museum in West Hartford in 1975-76. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

‘Keith,’ a Hissing Madagascar Cockroach living at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, has been ‘adopted’ in tribute to Rolling Stones co-founder Keith Richards.


It is said the only two things to survive a nuclear war would be cockroaches and Keith Richards.

On Friday, Dec.r 18, The Rolling Stones co-founder turned 77.

To celebrate, Denver station and iHeart Media affiliate, Classic Rock 103.5 The Fox, has adopted a Hissing Madagascar Cockroach at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, CT, in Richards’ honor and renamed him “Keith”.

The Rolling Stones guitarist lives nearby in Weston, CT.

“Keith” has been given a cockroach-sized guitar for his enclosure and been given a permanent in-house gig by staff at the Children’s Museum. “Keith” will enjoy his own special enclosure, and all of his rider demands will be met!

Chances are the real Keith will outlive the newly named oval shaped invertebrate whose life span is 2-5 years.

The real Keith is infamous not only for his 50-year history with the “World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band” but for his ability to cheat death.

Here are a few examples when Richards came close to assuming room temperature:

  • 2006: Fell out of a coconut tree
  • 1998: He broke three ribs but survived a fall off a chair while trying to reach a book in his home library
  • 1978: His cocaine was laced with strychnine – landing him in a coma
  • 1973: Survived a house fire at his Redlands Estate
  • 1971: His bed caught on fire after he passed out with a lit cigarette
  • 1969 The Hells Angels put a contract on Keith following Altamont Music Festival
  • 1965: Electrocuted on stage in Sacramento while performing the song “The Last Time”
  • 1944: Keith and his mother narrowly escaped the London bombings of 1944

You can visit Keith The Cockroach in person at The Children’s Museum, 950 Trout Brook Dr., West Hartford, CT. Photos can be seen on the Children’s Museum website.

The Children’s Museum is a non-profit educational institution that strives to inspire life-long learning among children and their caregivers by providing learning programs that focus on health, science, Nature, and strengthening communities through education.

For more information, and to make a donation, go to www.thechildrensmuseumct.org. The Fox can be heard on 103.5 in Denver, or at thefox.iheart.com.

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