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Eula Ray, of Hamilton, whose son is a curator for the zoo, touches a sympathy card beside a gorilla statue outside the Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Cincinnati. On Saturday, a special zoo response team shot and killed Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, that grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat. Authorities said the boy is expected to recover. He was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Cincinnati Zoo shut down its Twitter after asking for no more Harambe memes

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But then the goofuses of the Internet hopped on the Harambe train for their jollies, and it has gotten out of control.
WCPO-TV web editor James Leggate

Harambe, the gorilla who was shot earlier this year after a child jumped into his habitat, is now the butt of many Internet jokes, and the Cincinnati Zoo is sick of that shit!

The zoo has publicly asked for the Internet collectively to stop the Harambe jokes, The Independent reports.

As of Tuesday morning, the zoo's Twitter account had been deactivated. The Guardian reported its Facebook page had also been deactivated, but it was live as of 9:38 a.m. Tuesday.

And of course, there was a meme for that.

The memes are all over the place, but some elevate Harambe to near-godlike status.

This is just a tiny sampling of the huge catalogue of Harambe memes.

Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us.
Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director

The zoo didn't find the memes funny.

"We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe," Thane Maynard, zoo director, told The Associated Press.

What do you think of Harambe memes?

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