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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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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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Caught On Camera: Dad Of The Year Helps Little Boy Climb Into The Rhino Enclosure At Dublin Zoo!

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Regardless of how your day's going… you're doing better than this guy!

It's been just over two months since Harambe the Gorilla was killed after a child fell into his habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo, but unfortunately, people still haven't learned from the accident.

In fact, a father at the Dublin Zoo is currently under scrutiny for helping his kid climb into the park's rhino exhibit!

Related: World's Saddest Polar Bear Dies After 22 Years In Captivity

Apparently, the adventurous father wanted to take a good picture of his son on Saturday, so he helped the VERY YOUNG boy over the fence — despite obvious warning signs against such an act.

Srsly?? Doesn't he realize he's endangering his child AND the animals??

The zoo is "reviewing" how the child could have possibly climbed over the fence… but it's literally just a four foot wire fence with wood planks holding it together, so we think we've solved this one.

Who do U think is really at fault here??

[Image via Adriannasss/Twitter.]

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'World's Saddest Polar Bear' Arturo Dies After 22 Years In Unbearable Living Conditions

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A sad tale with a tragic end.

Arturo, often called "the world's saddest polar bear", has passed away after being trapped inside an unbearable Argentinian zoo for 22 years.

According to reports, the 30-year-old animal died at Mendoza Zoological Park on Sunday due to unknown circumstances… but surely the 100+°F South American heat didn't help the creature naturally found in the North Pole.

Arturo had been the subject of numerous petitions from animal rights activists — including public protest from Cher herself — but sadly, the zoo never seemed to care about his well-being.

Related: Celebrities React To Harambe The Gorilla's Death

In fact, Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada tried to take the creature away from his captors, but Mendoza lacked even the basic medical information necessary to guarantee safe transport.

To give you an image of what he endured, the wild animal's enclosure only featured a 20-inch pool and solid concrete slabs… but things took an even more depressing turn in 2012 when Arturo's cellmate Pelusa died from cancer.

How many more animals need to die in order to teach the world to treat our furry friends better??

Rest in peace, Arturo.

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Cincinnati Zoo Builds Higher Barriers & Reopens Gorilla Exhibit After Harambe's Tragic Death

The zoo is improving its safety precautions after Harambe's death.

The Cincinnati Zoo's Gorilla World exhibit has reopened for the first time since the tragic death of Harambe the Gorilla.

Late last month, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla was shot and killed after a toddler fell into the enclosure. Officials said tranquilizing the animal would agitate it, so the best thing for the child's safety was to end the creature's life.

The beautiful primate's killing caused quite a bit of controversy, as people began to criticize the kid's parents, as well as the zoo's protocols.

Related: Celebs React To Harambe's Death

And after a police investigation revealed the tiny tot's mother would not be charged over the incident, zoo director Thane Maynard has decided it's time open up the exhibit once again, telling Cincinnati.com:

"It's been a very difficult time, as you can imagine, with the loss of Harambe…. Losing Harambe is just like losing a family member. People that work at zoos care about their animals very much. And so we are leaning on each other and sticking together, but of course it is time to move on and to see gorillas again."

But he didn't just reopen Gorilla World. Mr. Maynard and his team put in a new, taller, barrier that has wood beams at the top and bottom, as well as netting in between.

The zoo has also installed three security cameras.

And even though Thane increased the enclosure's safety measures, he defended their old perimeter, saying:

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Eyewitness Defends Mother Of Boy Who Fell In Gorilla Enclosure! See What She Said AND Listen To The Chilling 911 Call!

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A 4-year-old boy found his way into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, which resulted in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old silverback gorilla Harambe.

The boy's mother Michelle Gregg is currently being investigated by police — not to mention being mercilessly shamed on the internet for neglectful parenting.

But amid the public outcry, an eyewitness to the horrific incident is now speaking out in defense of the boy's mother!

Related: How Will Harambe's Death Affect The Other Zoo Gorillas?

After capturing the "tragedy" on film, Kim O'Conner thinks of the gorilla's death as just a "horrible accident," explaining:

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How Will Harambe's Death Affect The Other Cincinnati Zoo Gorillas? See What An Expert Has To Say!

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Gorillas are remarkably similar to humans, which means they cope with loss the same way we do.

This rings especially true for the remaining gorillas living at the Cincinnati Zoo, who experts say will need emotional support in the wake of the death of 17-year-old silverback gorilla Harambe on Saturday.

Dr. Penny Patterson — co-founder of The Gorilla Foundation — says the great apes could face a "classic sort of human depression" following the tragic loss.

Related: Wrong Mom Attacked On Facebook Over Harambe's Death

The animal psychologist began her studies in 1972 with a 1-year-old western lowland gorilla Koko, who used sign language to express her grief after suffering multiple losses over the years.

Patterson remembered:

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