"The people who run the Cincinnati Zoo's Twitter are constantly barraged by tweets about Harambe, many of them jokes that were amusing the first time, but not so amusing when other people use them over and over".
Jokes about his memory have spread on all corners of the internet - including the mentions of Cincinnati's zoo official social media accounts.
In another Twitter post on Saturday, this time featuring the zoo's young giraffe Cora, a flux of livid comments again highlighted Harambe's passing. Cincinnati Zoo has had a hard time policing its social media, which features thousands of replies referencing Harambe daily, and the grind was starting to take an emotional toll. He added that the internet's Harambe obsession was making it more hard for the zoo community to move on.
The zoo reopened its Gorilla World exhibit in June. The late 17-year-old great ape has shown up in tongue-in-cheek petitions to rename the hometown Cincinnati Bengals, to add his face to Mount Rushmore or the Lincoln Memorial, and to put him on the dollar bill.
Though he may forever be remembered as a gorilla taken too soon in a tragic situation, Harambe has lived on... and on... and on... in Internet memes! Now they've gotten a hold of Zoo Director Thane Maynard's Twitter account, and they're not giving it up. As per Metro, Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph Deters acknowledged everyone's grief, but he clarified that no charges would be filed. One poll even asked if it'd be better to have the Twitter back or Harambe himself. "We are honouring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us".
James Leggate, a columnist at the Cincinnati-based WCPO-TV, also called for an end to the Harambe jokes.
"At first, the petitioners had good intentions", Maynard wrote. And then, like clockwork, the internet-of-memes and never-letting-go-of-anything got its paws on Harambe, and the zoo's nightmare began.
It is unlikely the warning will stop people making memes about Harambe, but they can only try.