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The Cincinnati Zoo Is 'Not Amused' By All The Harambe Jokes On Social Media

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UPDATE, August 23, 1:01 P.M. ET: At some point on Monday evening, the Cincinnati Zoo deactivated their Twitter account.

The zoo offered reporters little by way of comment over the decision, but Twitter users noticed very quickly (below):

Furthermore, the Zoo Director Thane Maynard's Twitter account was hacked last night as well, according to reports.

Obviously, quite a tough time for the zoo on social media.

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!

And now, the Cincinnati Zoo is NOT happy about it!

Related: Celebs React To Harambe's Death

The late 17-year-old primate, killed back in May when a young boy crawled into his cage and zookeepers were forced to shoot the gorilla to protect the child, has turned into a social media phenomenon after his death.

Memes, photoshopped pictures, and all kinds of hashtag references have buoyed his memory, both satirically and sincerely.

But Thane Maynard, the director of the Cincinnati Zoo, is absolutely fed up with the references, telling reporters via email (below):

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Police Brutality Apparently Extends To The Animal Kingdom… Cops Could Lose Their Jobs Over Killing Of Helpless Groundhog

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This is becoming pretty par for the course…

Police in America took a break from killing unarmed black people and elderly volunteers last week when they decided to kill a groundhog during a golf tournament in upstate New York last weekend.

While some may argue they were exterminating a pest, it's actually against Frear Park Golf Course rules to kill the animals since they do not bother humans. And it's the way they mistreated the animal before killing it that has the department investigating…

Related: Man Violently Kills Zoo Flamingo… In Front Of His 2 Sons!

According to eyewitnesses, Officer Tyler Sammon of Troy apparently chased the rodent on foot until the animal could no longer run. That's when he decided to get back into the cart and drive over the helpless animal.

Rensselaer Police Chief Rick Fusco called the killing "really bothersome."

Officer Mike Spath, Tyler's passenger in the cart, did not directly harm the creature, but we guess he's being viewed as an accessory. Both officers are now on paid administrative leave — the exact same punishment as the men who killed Alton Sterling and Mary Knowlton. Ugh…

Ch-ch-check out local news coverage of the disturbing incident (below)!!!

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Busch Gardens Flamingo Dead After Visitor Violently Attacks Her — In Front Of His Young Sons!

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This story is as disgusting as it is tragic.

In what's just the latest in a series of never-ending violence against zoo animals, Pinky the Flamingo from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay was put down on Tuesday after she was randomly attacked by a park visitor.

According to witnesses, Joseph Anthony Corrao, 45, allegedly reached over Pinky's fence, grabbed her by the neck, and forcefully threw her to the ground at 6:45 p.m. EST… for no apparent reason!

Related: World's Saddest Polar Bear Arturo Dies After 22 Years Of Torture

While the Chilean dancing flamingo did not die upon impact, park veterinarians had no choice but to euthanize her due to her injuries being too severe.

The park released a statement remembering Pinky shortly after her death, saying:

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Tyga Refuses To Pay Or Take Care Of His Former Pet Tiger!

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Even though he's named after one, Tyga SUCKS at keeping a tiger!

In case you missed it, in 2014, the rapper almost faced criminal charges for possessing an exotic animal. Ultimately, no charges were filed, and the animal was sent to a shelter.

Related: Tyga Slams Police Brutality!

Does the Rack City artist still care for the feline?! It turns out…


According to Lions, Tigers & Bears — a non-profit rescue facility — the cat (now known as Maverick) is completely taken care of WITHOUT any help from Kylie Jenner's boyfriend!

Founder and director Bobbi Brink says feeding Maverick costs more than $10K a year. This isn't even including vet costs and flea control. Without Tyga's help, the cat must depend on public donations to survive.

Poor kitty!

[Image via Tyga/Instagram/WENN.]

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Kaavan The Elephant Is Finally Free After 30 YEARS In Chains!

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Look how happy he is simply to be swimming around!

If you've never heard of Kaavan the Elephant, then you're probably blissfully unaware that the 32-year-old Asian elephant has spent nearly all of the past 30 years locked in chains at the Murghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Animal rights activists only just started fighting for Kaavan's freedom in 2015 after an American tourist in Pakistan learned about his captivity… but we're happy to say he'll no longer be living in pain.

Related: World's Saddest Polar Bear Arturo Dies After 22 Years Of Torture

That's because it was announced on Monday that the Pakistani Senate has ruled in favor of the Help Welfare Organization that the Capital Development Authority who house him must release the animal to a sanctuary to live out his remaining years with other elephants!

Kaavan's chains were initially removed in September of 2015 when tourist Samar Khan first started the petition, and she spoke to The Dodo about the AH-Mazing news on Monday, saying:

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Justin Bieber Received Official Complaint From Toronto Animal Services For Those Controversial Pics With Exotic Cats

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There's no doubt Justin Bieber loves to show off hanging out with exotic animals on Instagram — a hobby that has landed him in some pretty hot water!

You may recall back in April when the singer posed alongside a chained Bengal tiger at his father's engagement party (above), and then again in a picture posted a month later with a lion cub — and these are just two of the times in Toronto alone.

Well turns out the 22-year-old received a formal complaint from Toronto Animal Services back at the beginning of June stating that both of these instances violated a municipal code that bans the "keeping" of wild animals such as lions, tigers, and bears cougars in the city.

Related: Justin Flat Out Denies A Fan A Hug

The notice of violation and request for compliance in the future, dated June 3, 2016, was obtained Thursday by PETA and can be viewed (below)!

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Former K-9 Cop Now Linked To Deaths Of THREE Police Dogs… Including 2 Shootings!

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This is truly sickening.

An ex-cop who was already being investigated for the deaths of two K-9 unit dogs may have actually killed a third animal as well.

Former Cherokee County, Georgia school resource officer Dan Peabody was charged with animal cruelty last month when it was discovered that he left his 4-year-old Belgian Malinois to die in the backseat of his hot car.

Related: World's Saddest Polar Bear Arturo Dies After Years In Isolation

Inca was found dead on June 10, nearly four years after a Yellow Lab named Dale was also reported dead by the officer.

Peabody, 50, originally claimed Dale had simply choked to death on a toy after five years of service back in 2012 before admitting to shooting the animal… but when police searched his Canton home following Inca's tragic death on Tuesday, they discovered remains of a third dog — Inca's 10-year-old grandmother!

Unfortunately, Dale's remains have yet to be found, but Dan is likely going to be charged for all three deaths.

Forensic veterinarians are now looking into the possibility of even more dead pets in Peabody's home, and while Inca, Dale, and the third dog didn't need to die, hopefully their losses will save other K-9s from similar fates.

Rest in peace, pups.

[Image via Twitter.]

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