September 13, 2016 05:54 PM

Heard the one about Harambe McHarambeface? It’s the newest hoax heard ’round the internet.

According to Gizmodo, a story about a zoo in China holding an online contest to name its newborn gorilla was concocted by a fake website created on Friday and called The Boston Leader.

The newbie website posted a story about the zoo’s contest being hijacked by people who submitted a wild suggestion for the baby animal’s new name: Harambe McHarambeface, a nod to both the boat the internet named “Boaty McBoatyface” and Harambe the gorilla, who was shot at an Ohio zoo earlier this year when a boy fell into his enclosure.

Harambe McHarambeface — say that three times real fast — snagged 93 percent of the total votes said the fake story, which has since been deleted.

The bogus write-up even had an answer for those scratching their heads over a Chinese translation for Harambe McHarambeface. (Hey, it’s a valid question.) It reportedly said the zoo would use Harambe McHarambeface as the male gorilla’s English name, but Heijin as the baby’s Chinese name as Harambe McHarambeface doesn’t translate.

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