The Internet & Harambe

Guiliani Roberti, Cub Reporter

If you had one shot, would you take it? To the Cincinnati Zoo this was the only choice they had when a four year old boy had fell into the gorilla, Harambe’s enclosure, a famous gorilla to the zoo.

Screams could be heard, the pressure and anxiety raise to a blood boiling point and water splashes up the large concrete walls that towers over Harambe. A combination of fear and the unknown of the upcoming events.

Zoo officials were shocked and petrified with horror for they knew the best and safest options. Tranquilizers would only enrage the guerilla with a risk of ripping the child in two.

A powerful rifle was loaded with a heavy bullet, capable of killing Harambe. A single trigger pull had the fate of not only Harambe but of the Cincinnati’s reputation.

They only could have imaged the outlash from people for their decision.

“Zoo officials chose to shoot Harambe as the only way to guarantee the child’s safety.” said the Los Angeles Times. A fire goes off and Harambe falls limp on May. 28.

The internet goes on a public rampage. A backlash from all parts of social media begins to stir and debate is thrown in. People all over the United States begin to criticize the decisions made to shoot Harambe.

Memes, a popular form of mockery on the internet, adopts Harambe as a new figure on the internet. User DHP on twitter had responded to the Cincinnati Zoo’s post about Cora, their adult giraffe, clicking her heels and running at 35 mph.

“@cincinnatiZoo the bullet you killed Harambe with was traveling approximately 1700 mph”. DHP had posted on twitter.

DHP like many others, expressed their anger towards the Cincinnati Zoo through Twitter. This had become so popular that the Cincinnati Zoo deleted their Twitter account called “CincinnatiZoo”.

Twitter (along with  Instagram, Tumblr, facebook etc.) are using the “#harambe” tag to state their opinions on the situation.