A baby gorilla was named Harambe McHarambeface by a zoo after an online public vote, according to reports.
According to the Mirror Internet pranksters were believe to have hijacked the contest for naming the new gorilla and the winning name – with 93% of the online votes – turned out to be a the internet’s child of Harambe and Boaty McBoatface.
Jinhua Zoo was reported as saying it would use Harambe McHarambeface as the male gorilla’s English name, but his Chinese name would be Heijin as Harambe McHarambeface is impossible to translate.
The link was shared on social media in the US and as a result more than 73,000 people voted in favour of Harambe McHarambeface, according to the story which first emerged in the Boston Leader and spread rapidly.
Harambe was fatally shot at Cincinnati Zoo early this yeat after a boy fell into his cage
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17-year-old Western lowland gorilla Harambe has become a popular internet meme after Cincinnati Zoo ‘s decision to kill the famous gorilla after a child fell into his enclosure.
Fan sites have been dedicated to the gorilla and his image has been printed on novelty T-shirts, turning him into a pop culture icon.
And now doubt has been cast that the story is too good to be true as it’s emerged the Boston Leader website was only set up last week.
Philadelphia Zoo is holding its own contest to name a baby gorilla
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Officials decided to ignore the winning name, however, and went with the name RRS Sir David Attenborough instead.
Philadelphia Zoo in the US is holding its own naming contest for a baby gorilla , but it is not allowing write-in entries and has ruled out the name Harambe or anything similar.