Show your Valentine how much you care about him or her this year by "adopting" an animal at Hogle Zoo, zoo officials say.

The zoo has reduced the adoption price to $25 on several animal favorites.How about telling your balding boyfriend or husband that you've adopted a bald eagle? Or, for the hairy man in your life, adopt a hirsutearmadillo.

Those experiencing troubled relationships and wishing to inject a different type of humor may tell their Valentine that they have adopted a muted swan, a pig, snake or skunk, said Gary Tingey, the zoo's promotion coordinator, with a smile.

Animals remain in the care and custody of the zoo; no ownership rights are conferred by the adoption, Tingey said.

Call the zoo at 582-1631, extension 123 for more information.