Philadelphia Zoo Is Letting The Internet Name Their Baby Gorilla

In the enthusiasm of ushering a baby gorilla into the world, Philadelphia Zoo officials arrived at a decision that sent the internet into frenzy.

They launched a public competition to name the cute western lowland gorilla, only 3 months after another gorilla, Harambe, 17,was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 3-year-old boy crawled into his enclosure.

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The death of Harambe touched many people, but as well led to the making of memes, which kept the gorilla’s name alive on the internet after his death; growing so big that the Cincinnati Zoo released a statement denouncing the memes.

Recently, Philadelphia Zoo officials were forced to make clear on social media that they will pre-select baby gorilla’s names and host the competition on the zoo’s site.

However, that did not stop a constant torrent of Harambe and Harambe-related ideas on Twitter.

A number of online naming competitions, which involve the public, have gone awry lately; a $300 million polar study vessel would have been named Boaty McBoatface if officials had not intervened.

Greenpeace, meanwhile, made a decision to go with the competition-winning name for an endangered humpback whale, Mr Splashy Pants.

In April, an Austin school board chose to opt for an elementary school’s new name themselves after a public naming competition generated “Adolf Hitler School for Friendship and Tolerance,” and the “Donald J. Trump Elementary.”

The Philadelphia Zoo courteously thanked the multitude of Harambe-supporters on Twitter; however, are holding off on choosing the names until the competition starts. Whether or not there is also a possibility that Harambe will be a pre-selected choice is unclear; however, it seems to be the internet’s favorite.

The baby gorilla, who the public witnessed for the first time Wednesday, was given birth to last week to its 21-year-old mother Honi, and father Motuba, 31.

The baby’s sex is unknown yet because Honi has been holding it so closely, as stated by zoo officials.

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