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.
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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