It looks like the Cincinnati Zoo and Twitter are on a break.
The zoo deleted its Twitter account after voicing disapproval over memes about Harambe, the zoo’s 17-year-old Western Lowland silverback gorilla that was shot and killed after a 3-year-old boy fell into his exhibit.
Memes of the animal have flooded sites like Twitter, Reddit and 4chan. One imagining the gorilla’s face on Mount Rushmore, another memorializing him beside deceased legends like David Bowie and Prince, all of them giving the animal life, online.
“We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe,” Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director, said in an email to the Associated Press. “Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us. We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us.”
The zoo may have taken a tweeting time-out, but thoughts on the matter are still entering the Twitter-sphere.
The Ohio zoo hasn’t left social media entirely. Its Facebook page was still active on Wednesday, with a post encouraging followers to adopt a hippo.