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A newborn baby western lowland gorilla (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Philadelphia Zoo announced a baby gorilla naming contest, everyone wanted 'Harambe'


The fandom and uber popularity surrounding Harambe has reached new heights. The Cincinnati zoo gorilla who was killed after a 4-year-old fell into his enclosure has become so talked about, that his name has become the frontrunner in a baby gorilla naming contest at the Philadelphia zoo. 

When the people on the interwebs found out that the Philly zoo was holding an open naming contest, 'Harambe,' 'Harambe Jr.' and related variations of the name were right at the top of the list. 

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The name contest was presented by the PECO Primate Reserve and won't officially start until sometime next month but people on Twitter starting casting their name entries early. Prizes include a balloon ride for 4 and a $25 zoo shop gift certificate. 

It's unlikely that the gorilla is actually named 'Harambe.' The zoo makes the final call.  

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