Twitter Remembers Harambe: Three Years Since Gorilla Shot at Cincinnati City Zoo

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Three years ago today, a three-year-old boy climbed into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo. A worker who feared for the boy's safety shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla named Harambe. The ape's death set the internet ablaze, with memes and stories spreading to the far reaches of the web.

Social media users shared countless memorials and tributes after Harambe's passing, including multiple rap bangers from Young Thug, Dumbfoundead and even Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Harambe has been trending on Twitter in the past day, with thousands of tweets getting sent in rememberance of the gorilla that was taken from us too soon. Though some people take the passing of Harambe as just a meme, others look a bit deeper, arguing Harambe was just trying to protect a small boy that had fallen into a pit and didn't seem to pose any danger.

3 years ago today Harambe was killed by the Cincinnati Zoo! #NeverForget 😔🦍 pic.twitter.com/hWsCi417B6

— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) May 28, 2019

RIP HARAMBE pic.twitter.com/qjcMDm1hPk

— michael (@dingsanity27) May 28, 2019

peggy: there's a new gorilla in the zoo called harambe. let's check it out.

steve: pic.twitter.com/vUoVVXdH7Q

— glacier boi (@iveneyas) May 25, 2019

3 years ago today, we lost an American hero. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss Harambe. Gone but never forgotten. #RIPHarambe pic.twitter.com/2aoVWrsXhq

— Andy Clams (@ndyclams) May 27, 2019

Happy Birthday Harambe! Woulda have been 20 this year if you hadn’t been murdered. We miss you BIG, Rest Easy Sweet Gorilla Prince 🦍 👑 pic.twitter.com/7agsitvBkB

— JohnnyWellington III (@PapaJohnny27) May 27, 2019

Tomorrow is Harambe's birthday and the day after is the anniversary of his death. Don't forget Western Lowland Gorillas are still critically endangered and you can help by donating to @WWF #RipHarambe pic.twitter.com/ccvHlKR3zK

— Joshua Copi (@copijosh) May 26, 2019

Harambe would've turned 20 today. Happy Birthday sweet prince 🦍. pic.twitter.com/RqwTCNtf5D

— Michael Justin (@Michael_Justin4) May 27, 2019

#RIPHarambe

On May 28, 2016, a three-year-old boy climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and was grabbed and dragged by Harambe, who was later shot.

On this day, we cherish and remember the legacy of the one taken from us far too early, pic.twitter.com/nKBUj1TLm0

— Michael Kelly (@Tackett1986) May 28, 2019

As the world continues to evolve through the social media age, we see users cope with loss communally. The death of Harambe was a moment online that brought people together, even though most online never actually went to Cincinnati to see Harambe.

RIP Harambe, you big beautiful ape.